Grand jury gets coach’s rape case Player: Daniel assaulted her in 2010

Michael Dean Daniel (left) and his lawyer, Andy Savage, leave court Monday after Daniel’s case was bound over to a grand jury. Daniel, a former assistant high school softball coach, is accused of raping a player in summer 2010.

A teenager has accused a former coach of raping her on a secluded North Charleston street and then telling her he would kill her if she told anyone.

She told her parents two years later, and now 42-year-old Michael Dean Daniel faces a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a police report. North Charleston Municipal Judge Thad Doughty determined on Monday that enough evidence exists to bind over the case to a grand jury.

Police detective Jill Farmer said at a preliminary hearing that Daniel picked up the 14-year-old girl from her parents’ home to take her to his house to spend the night with his daughter in the summer of 2010. The two girls were friends.

Daniel stopped along the way in the cul-de-sac of a neighborhood under development, Farmer said. Daniel pulled off the girl’s shorts and underwear and forcibly had sex with her, Farmer said.

“When he finished, he told her to stop crying, that it does not affect him,” the police report states. “He told her this was not his first time.”

He threatened to kill her if she told, the report states.

Once at Daniel’s home, the girl told Daniel’s daughter that she had a rough day and didn’t want to talk about it, according to the report. She called her mother first thing in the morning, the report states.

The girl’s mother told police she didn’t know why her teenager daughter was awake so early, let alone asking her to take her home, according to the police report. The mother also couldn’t understand why her daughter quit softball the next season.

Daniel served as a volunteer assistant coach at Fort Dorchester High School, where his daughter and the girl both played.

He briefly volunteered as coach at Ashley Ridge High School, where his daughter transferred the next year, said Dorchester District 2 spokeswoman Pat Raynor.

“Then they felt there was a conflict of interest with having his daughter on the team,” Raynor said.

She added that Daniel never worked for the school district.

Raynor said the district ran a criminal history check on Daniel prior to his volunteer work, and that it came up clean.

Daniel wore a suit jacket and rust-colored shirt to court Monday, as family members sat behind him. His attorney, Andy Savage, said after the hearing that the time that had passed between the alleged incident and the report makes it difficult to get information about the case.

“These are very tough cases,” Savage said.

The police report states the girl came forward after Daniel called her in February. Police arrested him at the beginning of March.

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