May 29, 2012
A 45-year-old man on Tuesday admitted to making sexually threatening phone calls to area female relators.
John Daniels, whose last address was a hotel in Newark, pleaded guilty to four counts of telecommunications harassment, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two additional telecommunications harassment charges, as well as an identity theft charge.
“Through this plea negotiation, the hope is these realtors regain a sense of security,” O’Brien said in a press release. “And that Daniels learns a lesson from his criminal conduct.”
Daniels used another man’s name to buy a cell phone in Heath. He then called area realtors in Delaware and Licking counties to ostensibly set up a home visit. Each conversation resulted in Daniels telling the women that he was going to sexually assault them.
Public defender O. Ross Long previously said in court that alcohol was a factor in the phone calls.
Daniels is scheduled be sentenced at 2 p.m. on July 13 before Common Pleas Judge W. Duncan Whitney. He faces up to four years in prison. He was previously convicted in 1994 and 1998 in Franklin County Municipal Court on similar charges.