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Athens woman indicted for battery, sodomy

Empress Nykole Sims

By Joe Johnson

An Athens woman was recently indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting another female with whom she formerly lived.

Empress Nykole Sims, 31, of Fourth Street was charged with aggravated sodomy and family violence battery, according to the indictment that was filed Dec. 17 in Clarke County Superior Court.

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 26, Sims performed a sexual act “with force and against the will” of the victim when they were living together. During the alleged assault, Sims injured the victim’s chest, neck and face by scratching her, the indictment states.

Sims was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge by police the day of the incident, and she subsequently bonded out of jail.

She was re-arrested on a bench warrant two days after she was indicted for battery and felony aggravated sodomy, according to court records.

As of Tuesday, Sims was being held without bond at the Clarke County Jail.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 13.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship can seek advice and services by calling Project Safe's 24-hour hotline at (706) 543-3331 or by visiting

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted or knows someone who has can contact The Cottage Sexual Assault Center. The agency provides a range of free services for children and adult victims of sexual and physical abuse, including medical accompaniment, advocacy, referrals and support groups.

The Cottage maintains a 24-hour crisis and information hotline at (877) 363-1912.

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