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Man charged with Athens homeless camp rape

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

Stephen Dalton Sims

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man has been arrested in connection with a rape that allegedly occurred last week at a homeless camp, Athens-Clarke County police said.

An investigation into the alleged assault began on Friday, a day after the incident allegedly occurred at a camp located off College Station Road, said Lt. Shaun Barnett, ACCPD's public information officer.

The probe led to a rape warrant being issued for 20-year-old Stephen Dalton Sims, who was taken into custody Monday morning. He was booked into the Clarke County Jail with an address in Suwanee, but Barnett said the suspect was living in Athens at the time of the alleged assault.

Sims was being held without bail being set.

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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