Scott Freeman is an English anime voice actor who had some high profile roles, like Issei from High School DxD
High School DxD © TNK / Fujimi Shobo via Tumblr
England from Hetalia: Axis Powers
Hetalia: Axis Powers © Studio Deen / Gentosha / Shueisha via Tumblr
Shusei Kagari from PSYCHO-PASS
Psycho-Pass © Production I.G. via Tumblr
And other credited roles in English dub.
He’s also been convicted of possession of child pornography.
The sentence comes after a long legal battle between Freeman and the State of Texas.
Freeman was charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography back in April of 2014, but didn’t plead guilty until July 30, 2015. After accepting a plea deal, which included not going to a jury trial, he was sentenced to three years at a Texas state prison.
In Texas, a possession of child pornography charge is given to a “…person who knowingly or intentionally possess visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made who is engaging in sexual conduct.”
Scott Freeman is no longer working for Funimation
For reference, any drawn child pornography, such as lolicon or shotacon hentai, would only net an obscenity charge.
Funimation has since parted ways with Freeman, including recasting the role of Issei in the broadcast dub of High School DxD BorN.
Fans are reacting online and aren’t very happy with a prominent voice actor making the reputation of the anime community worse.
//All I can say is, Scott Freeman, don’t drop the soap.
— ~François Bonnefoy~ (@ParaPaParis) September 7, 2015
A friendly reminder to NOT put Scott Freeman’s crimes onto the characters he has voiced. Do not let him ruin the characters.
— Alfred F. Jones (@xAlfredFJones) September 7, 2015
— Jaephus N. Craig (@Jaceymon05) September 7, 2015
Other fans may remember a somewhat similar situation last year with voice actor (now no longer working but was in One Piece, Clannad, Gantz) Illich Guardiola who had a run in with police for having “sexual ties” to 16 year old student he was teaching at a small acting school. They later fled to Las Vegas to get married, thus avoiding Illich being convicted of sexual assault of a minor. Yes, it’s confusing and I think we all just want things like this to stop.