A former Mobile County Commissioner charged by the state on child sex abuse charges now faces a federal indictment. Fox10 news reporter Chasity Byrd read the indictment and was at the initial hearing for Freeman Jockisch.
Freeman Jockisch turned himself in to federal authorities Wednesday after being indicted on enticement charges. His attorney Jeff Deen sat down with Fox10 before his initial appearance in court.
“He was notified that an indictment was being issued so he did the right thing, voluntarily turned himself in and was processed by the Marshal’s office,” Deen said.
This indictment comes just over two months after Jockisch was arrested by Saraland police at an apartment where police said Jockisch thought he was meeting an underage girl. He was charged with traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act and electronic solicitation of a child. He has been out on bond on those charges.
Deen said he isn’t surprised by the feds deciding to bring charges. He spoke to Fox10 again Wednesday afternoon after Jockisch’s hearing at the federal courthouse.
“The wording is different in the statute but both sovereignties can bring the charges unfortunately. We’d like to think it’s double jeopardy but they can,” said Deen.
Jockisch served on the Mobile County Commission for 12 years until resigning in 2004 after being convicted on federal charges of corruption and filing fake tax returns, so could that conviction affect this new case?
“If he’s convicted it will but otherwise it shouldn’t,’ Deen said.
Jockisch must remain in custody overnight because he hadn’t finished a pre-trial report. Deen said he will argue for bond Thursday.
A preliminary hearing for Jockisch’s state charges is set for February 27.