• Man charged with false imprisonment, rape of UGA student

    By: Lauren Pozen

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    ATHENS, Ga. - Authorities have identified the man they said lured a University of Georgia student into his car and then later raped her.

    James William Daniels, 57, from Jefferson, is charged with false imprisonment and rape.

    Police said Daniels coaxed a female University of Georgia student into his car early Wednesday morning in downtown Athens.

    Daniels was arrested nearly 16 miles away in Jackson County Wednesday. Police won't reveal where they found the victim because of the open investigation, but investigators said she is now safe.

    Channel 2's Lauren Pozen went to Daniels' address on Martin Luther King Avenue and talked to neighbors, who were shocked that he's charged with the crime. 

    Brian Dudley said he still can't believe what he saw Wednesday morning at his next door neighbor's house. 


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    "They swarmed his house and they stood there for 45 minutes and kicked the door in," Dudley said. 

    Dudley said he was shocked at what Daniels is accused of doing because his neighbor had always been friendly.

    "He just liked to mind his own business and keep to himself pretty much," Dudley said. "He liked to stay busy, work on cars, but I never expect nothing like this."

    Dudley said Daniels worked at a nearby lumber yard, though the owner of the business would not confirm if he was an employee.

    Pozen checked Daniel's background and found he has an extensive criminal history for child pornography to violent sexual assault. Investigators said he is currently on probation. 

    Police are concerned this is not Daniels' only victim. 

    "We have received additional information that potentially this is not the first attempted victim this individual has had in this area," Mike Ayers, the special agent in charge said.

    Police released a surveillance video of Daniels' car, a black Nissan Sentra, and are asking anyone who thinks they have come into contact with Daniels to come forward. 

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