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Attorney Talks About Jockisch Interview
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Rarely has Freeman Jockisch been the type of person to exercise his right to remain silent. Wednesday was no different as the former county commissioner bonded out of jail and immediately wanted to explain why he was caught in an internet child sex sting.
"I showed up there, but I was going over there to tell that girl to get off of Craigslist. She was 15 years old," Jockisch exclaimed to Local 15 Reporter Andrea Ramey, "I don't even know the girl. I never met her."
"I would have preferred if Mr. Jockisch would not have said anything to the media upon his release, or anyone," Jockisch's attorney Jeff Deen said after learning how his client had opened up. "It's best to be quiet, but Mr. Jockisch is very loquacious and very gregarious; he's always been that way so at least he's keeping in true form."
Jockisch was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with trying to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex. Investigators said Jockisch answered a Craigslist ad posted by undercover Saraland Police officers posing as a teen girl.
During a bond hearing Wednesday morning, Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Tillman said Jockisch initiated email contact over a period of 5 months to arrange the meeting for sex.
"For them to say I went out there to entice - first of all, let me tell you, I'm impotent, I can't have sex," Jockisch explained, "I've been married for 48 years and the people of Mobile know me, I don't do that."
It's unsupervised interviews like that which defense attorneys dread.
"Wait to see what evidence they have against you and then we'll take it from there as to what you're going to be saying because he doesn't really know what they have against him, so he doesn't need to be talking about anything," Deen said.
"Everybody is going to think I'm a pervert, I mean it kills me to even think about that," Jockisch added, "But I didn't do nothing; who is going to stand up for me?" he asked.
Jockish is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. He said he plans to plead not guilty.