Hawaii rapist sues for entry into work furlough

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii rapist sentenced to a dozen life terms is suing state officials for refusing to let him join a work furlough program.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 54-year-old John Freudenberg was known as the Manoa Rapist when he pleaded guilty in 1983 to multiple counts of rape, sodomy, burglary and sexual abuse.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority in 1984 year told Freudenberg he would spend at least 20 years in prison. The board in 1990 reduced that to 14 years.

Freudenberg says in his lawsuit that the authority since 1996 has repeatedly recommended him for work furlough as a precursor to release on parole.

He says Department of Public Safety Director Ted Sakai and Corrections Division head Max Otani and their predecessors have denied him entry into the program.

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