Man indicted for alleged Athens homeless camp rape


Stephen Dalton Sims

By Joe Johnson

A man was indicted this week for allegedly raping a woman at a homeless camp in Athens five months ago.

According to the indictment, filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court, 20-year-old Stephen Dalton Sims forcibly raped the victim between Jan. 20 and 21.

Athens-Clarke County police said the alleged assault occurred at a camp located off College Station Road.

Sims was arrested on a warrant Jan. 26, and though he was booked into the county jail with an address in Suwanee, police said that he was living in Athens at the time of the alleged assault.

Sims on Wednesday continued to be detained without bail being set.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 6.

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 www.northgeorgiacottage.org.

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