James William Daniels
Photo: Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Clarke County Sheriff’s Office

Man indicted following alleged kidnapping, rape of UGA student

A man who allegedly abducted a University of Georgia student and raped her in October has been indicted, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

James William Daniels, 57, was indicted Nov. 13 on charges of rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment, the newspaper reported. It came just weeks after Daniels was arrested on Oct. 24.

Athens-Clarke County police said he coaxed a woman into his car on Broad Street in downtown Athens about 12:15 a.m. on Oct. 24. Police released surveillance images and asked for help identifying and locating her; she was later found safe.

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Daniels has an “extensive criminal history,” including child pornography and violent sexual assault, GBI Special Agent Mike Ayers said in October.

The Banner-Herald reported that Daniels served three prison terms between 2014 and 2017 for convictions in Jackson County on computer pornography and aggravated assault charges.

He was released in January 2017 after serving three years of a 20-year sentence for the 2014 computer pornography conviction, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

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