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Greenville man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault on USC’s campus

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A man has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman on the University of South Carolina campus, according to police and court documents.

Aileem Glenn Daniels-Melvin, 19, and an unnamed co-defendant are accused of grabbing a woman on Jan. 29, lifting her off the ground and taking her to another location, where she was sexually assaulted, according to an arrest warrant signed April 11.

He is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and kidnapping, which also carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.

Daniels-Melvin, of Greenville, does not appear to be a USC student, as he does not show up in the university directory.

The police report lists the incident location as 1328 Wheat St., which is near the Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center. However, it is not clear whether the woman was allegedly kidnapped at that location or was raped there, or whether both alleged crimes were committed there.

Details about the case are sparse, and neither USC Police, which investigated the case, nor the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office would provide additional details, saying the case is still open.

The unnamed co-defendant who helped Daniels-Melvin carry the victim also watched him assault her and then video recorded the end of the assault, according to the arrest warrant.

“Later a witness received messages from the co-defendant, confirming the defendant’s acts of sexual penetration,” according to the warrant.

Police say they have surveillance video, screen shots, statements and video that back up the victim’s claim.

The alleged sexual assault was reported on Feb. 20, and it is unclear why it took police until April to arrest Daniels-Melvin.

Earlier this week, Daniels-Melvin was held in Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on a $100,000 bond, but is no longer being held there, according to the jail’s website.

Daniels-Melvin is scheduled to appear in court on May 20, according to court documents.

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