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Lawrence resident Denzel Daniels convicted of aggravated sexual battery

October 3, 2011


A 22-year-old Lawrence man has pleaded no contest to aggravated sexual battery in connection with an April 2010 incident at a Lawrence apartment, according to Douglas County District Court records.

Denzel Stephon Daniels entered the plea Friday, and District Judge Peggy Kittel convicted him. Daniels had faced a trial later this month on rape and aggravated burglary charges in the case.

At an April preliminary hearing, a 20-year-old woman testified she was intoxicated early on April 24, 2010, after a night of drinking. She alleged that she woke up the next morning to Daniels sexually assaulting her. The woman testified she had blacked out and last remembered one of her friends helping her to the couch after giving her a ride home from The Pool Room, 925 Iowa.

The woman said Daniels was her acquaintance but didn’t know how he got into her apartment at Campus Court at Naismith Apartments, 1301 W. 24th St. The woman’s friend, who said she did not lock the victim’s apartment because she didn’t have a key, had also testified that she had placed the woman on the couch and that no one else was in the apartment when she left about 2 a.m.

The victim testified that Daniels left the apartment when she became upset and that she called police the next day after talking with friends.

Kittel scheduled a sentencing hearing for Daniels for Dec. 2, and, according to state guidelines, he faces from 31 months to 11 years in prison, depending on his criminal history. Under state law, if Daniels has no past felony convictions, his attorney could ask Kittel to place him on probation.

Daniels remains free on $10,000 bond.


DRsmith 6 years, 7 months ago

Easy fix, don't get pass out drunk. For all she knows she invited the guy in and offered it up. Warning to men, stay away from drunk chics, could cost you 2+ year of your life.

Mike Myers 6 years, 7 months ago

Way to blame the victim there Dr Quack.

normalgirl14 6 years, 7 months ago

DR...why would he plead no contest if he was innocent....

DRsmith 6 years, 7 months ago

Well let's see, because it was better than the alternative? That is why people usually accept a plea deal. I mean like someone else said, they will always believe the female. Accept the plea and get maybe 3 years or roll the dice and get 20+.

rwwilly 6 years, 7 months ago

You are funny, Doc. Were you a mullah in your previous life? Intoxicated girl "offers" sex to man she doesn't know while unconscious in her own apartment. Yep, sounds like she's the guilty party to me.

unsolvedmysteries 6 years, 7 months ago

or better yet, don't have sex with someone who is passed out. if he had not gone into her apartment uninvited, he wouldn't be in this predicament in the first place. and she would've woken up with a hangover, which is the more appropriate consequence for getting "pass out drunk."

kawrivercrow 6 years, 7 months ago

He should be photographed and photoshopped posters can be made of him in a forced sodomy position while in prison.

The posters can then be plastered all over campus and on streets downtown so nobody will have any questions as to the consequences of being a sex predator.

Ashley Woodward 6 years, 7 months ago

@DRsmith.... Exactly! If she doesn't remember anything...who's to say she didn't give consent! The law will always side with the drunk chick in this situation no matter what the circumstances are.

rwwilly 6 years, 7 months ago

You are grasping for the proverbial straw. Unless you prepared to seriously claim she 1.) knew her attacker, 2.) invited him into her residence and 3.) in some manner solicited him for sex and THEN immediately passed out I don't see the merit to your argument. It certainly seems he is guilty of some sort of sexual assault and possibly rape.

deec 6 years, 4 months ago

No one else was in the apartment when she passed out. So you're saying she gave consent while asleep? She invited him in while asleep? Really?

begin60 6 years, 7 months ago

Judge Peggy Kittel may do right by a few young victims, but she's totally worthy of this dirty, backward, conflict-of-interest town where powerful people at KU are allowed to abuse the criminal injustice system to viciously retaliate against innocent parties.

Gettn_right74 6 years, 4 months ago

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