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Sevier County teen sentenced to 50 years for rape, attempted murder of youth counselor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WATE) - A Sevier County teen has been sentenced to 50 years for the rape and attempted murder of a youth counselor in Shelby County.

The Shelby County District Attorney's Office says Noah Freeman, 18, pleaded guilty to aggravated rape, aggravated assault and attempted second degree murder in the brutal 2016 assault and will not be eligible for parole.

Freeman, who was 16 at the time, was in custody for the sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl who was tied to a tree in Sevier County in 2013. He was transferred to Shelby County for more treatment in 2016. During an interview with a counselor, DA Amy Weirich says Freeman held a pen to her throat and threatened to kill her if she didn't cooperate.

“Typically when you have a nightmare, you wake up and the nightmare is over,” the counselor testified in Friday’s hearing. “Not mine. I feel like I have been in a nightmare for the past two years and it all started on March 11, 2016, when I was sexually assaulted and almost killed on the job.”

Weirich says Freeman punched the counselor several times in the face, choked her with the strings of her hooded sweatshirt, then pulled her pants down and sexually assaulted her with an aerosol can. He then forced her to perform oral sex several times.

The counselor finally escaped when Freeman was distracted by a custodian's voice, and a male staffer arrived and subdued Freeman.

The victim said she has seen numerous doctors and counselors since the attack, continues to pay medical bills and struggles with sleep and feeling safe.

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