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Athens man indicted for allegedly strangling and raping woman

Sammy Davis Mattox

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was recently indicted for rape and other crimes in connection with a sexual assault that allegedly occurred six months ago.

Sammy Davis Mattox, 56, was charged with rape, aggravated assault and sexual battery for the alleged assault on the 51-year-old victim at their residence, according to the indictment that was filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

According to court records, Mattox was currently on probation for a 2017 conviction on an aggravated assault charge for setting fire to a bed sheet on a woman, whose identity was redacted.

The woman in the rape case, whose name also was redacted, mentioned that Mattox had previously set her on fire, according to an Athen-Clarke County police report.

According to that report, officers responded to a residence early the morning of Dec. 27 because the police received a 911 call from that location with no one on the line.

After arriving at the incident location, the victim alleged that Mattox had strangled her and forced her into having sex, according to the report.

Mattox was released from jail on April 8, when someone posted an $11,200 property bond, according to court records.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 21.

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted or knows someone who has can contact The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center. The agency provides a range of free services to child and adult victims of sexual and physical abuse, including medical care, advocacy, referrals, counseling and support groups. The Cottage also maintains a 24-hour crisis and information hotline at (877) 363-1912. For more information visit

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