Army Private Ordered to Stand Trial in Rape of Half-Sister
Daniel Brazelton escaped police custody for a week after being arrested on suspicion of rape.
A 15-year-old girl says she was raped by army private Daniel Brazelton. (KTLA.com)
Daniel Jay Brazelton, 20, escaped from military custody in Georgia on Feb. 11 while being transferred to civilian custody in connection with the L.A. County rape case, and eluded capture for one week.
He was captured on Feb. 22 at a motel in Daytona Beach, Fla, according to L.A. County sheriff's captain Michael Parker.
He now faces multiple felony charges, including forcible rape, attempted forcible oral copulation, unlawful sexual intercourse and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.
The girl testified at a preliminary hearing that the alleged rape happened on at their aunt's home on New Year's Eve of 2009. She was 14 years old at the time.
She said Brazelton came into her bedroom and forced himself on her, muting her screams with a pillow. She also testified that Brazelton threatened her not to tell anyone.
The girl spoke out last month, saying that "the army needs to own up and fix what they are doing wrong in transporting a soldier arrested on a rape charge so that no other family has to go through the fear of their lives being taken by their irresponsibility."
In the press conference, her lawyer, Gloria Allred raised the question "Why did the United States Army never contact the victim herself to notify her and her family of the escape and explain what happened?"
The U.S. Army is currently conducting an investigation to determine how Brazelton escaped.
If convicted on all the charges, Brazelton faces 14 years in state prison.