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Mark O’Mara Defends Firefighter Charged With Rape

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George Zimmerman with his attorneys, Mark O'Mara (left), and Don West, watch as the jury enters the courtroom on the 17th day of Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court on July 2, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman with his attorneys, Mark O’Mara (left), and Don West, watch as the jury enters the courtroom on the 17th day of Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court on July 2, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The attorney who helped George Zimmerman win acquittal last year says he was approached to represent a Florida firefighter charged with sexually assaulting several women because of his ability to handle sensitive cases.

Mark O’Mara said Thursday said that Terry Freeman’s family contacted him this week and asked him to take on the case because of mounting publicity.

Freeman is charged with five counts of sexual battery, one count of attempted sexual battery and one count of false imprisonment. Investigators say the attacks on six women, whose ages range from 25 to 42, occurred between 2011 and 2013.

Investigators say the assaults occurred at his home, and the victims were women he met at work or had gone on dates with.

The 32-year-old Freeman worked as a firefighter in the city of Deltona.

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