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Homeless man accused of raping Henniker relatives two decades ago

A homeless man arrested earlier this month and charged with raping two female relatives in Henniker more than two decades ago waived his right yesterday to a probable cause hearing, in which a judge determines whether enough evidence exists for a case to go to trial.

The man, George Daniels, 57, was apprehended a week and a half ago by Manchester police officers who found him highly intoxicated and lying in a roadway, making snow angels on the ground. At the time, Daniels was wanted on two Henniker arrest warrants for the sexual assaults, which purportedly took place between 1989 and 1995. He has been charged with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of felonious sexual assault.

It’s unclear how long the arrest warrants had been active, or when the police first began investigating the alleged offenses.

According to the charges, Daniels raped one of the relatives on at least three occasions from 1989 to 1991, when she was between 12 and 15. In one instance, he allegedly handcuffed the now 37-year-old woman to her bed before assaulting her.

The remaining offenses reportedly took place between 1993 and 1995 and involved a second relative, who is now 25. Those charges did not involve full sexual intercourse.

Daniels was arraigned last week and has been held in Merrimack County jail on $10,000 cash bail. That amount was reduced yesterday to $25,000 personal recognizance. A clerk at Hillsboro’s district court said Daniels could be released as early as last night.

Daniels has multiple previous convictions, including for simple assault, reckless conduct, criminal trespassing and violation of probation, according to a court filing. The filing also states that he is unemployed and has received Social Security benefits for at least the past three years.

Daniels’s charges will now be bound over to superior court.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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