Freely in 2001
Freely in 2003
|Portrayed by||Don McManus|
Josh Freely appeared like an ordinary social worker and was the case worker for Rosie Miles and her daughter Toya. Rosie was put under social services' eye after a DUI with Toya still in the backseat. While it appeared he was a somewhat fair social worker, Mr. Freely had a dark side of him that only few (including Rosie) knew. But due to Rosie's head injury she got after "being thrown" out a window in 2001, she had little memory of what he did.
After digging, Lilly and Scotty discovered Rosie had put a camera in her room. They also find a video with an unidentified man trying to touch Toya, inappropriately. But after interviewing her again, Rosie reveals it was Toya's room and she took the couch. They found a drawing in Toya's closet of the man that both her and Rosie feared, Mr. Freely. They soon discover that many mothers had complained that Mr. Freely was inappropriate with their daughters. They soon confront Freely and accuse him of being a pedophile. He merely smirks and asked "like anyone gives a damn".
He referred to the mothers as trailer park trash, welfare queens and stated no one cared about people like them. Lilly calls a bluff that the girls he molested were there and told him to confess before they did. Freely fell for the bluff and confessed that Rosie did threaten him, but not with the tape. Freely tries to molest Toya while Rosie was in the shower. Rosie stops him before he tries to kiss her and calls him out as a predator. When he criticizes her for having Toya's room a mess, he falsely accuses her of drinking.
When Rosie tries to stand her ground and tells him she's stopped drinking, Freely shows his true colors and shouts "I tell you! You don't tell me! You drunk, dumb bitch!". Rosie holds her tongue and apologizes; he then threatens that he was going to take Toya away from her and that he'd have to take care of her by himself. He threatened for her to wait for the knock on the door, when she least expected it.
Rosie took that threat seriously. Freely, inadvertently, caused the death of Toya. Philip Williams, a student who volunteered at Toya's school with arts and crafts, also was a delivery boy. He brought Toya, leftover pizza, he had not known about Freely or about when Rosie's ex-boyfriend Angel had broken into her house and stolen the tape. Phillip opened the broken door and this frightened Rosie, fearfully believing it was Mr. Freely coming to take her child.
Not wanting her child would be a victim like she had been, she jumped out the window with Toya.
Freely was last seen sitting in the interrogation room being identified by one of the girls he molested. The number of victims he had were possibly 8.