$1 million bond for the 'Early Morning Rapist'

$1 million bond for the 'Early Morning Rapist'

Serial Rapist James Daniel III was arraigned Wednesday on charges connected to an assault in Lakewood on August 30 and Cleveland assault on September 2.

He pled not guilty and a judge set bond at $1 million for the 'early morning rapist'.

19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek has learned Daniel was given time in isolation after jail guards believe he kicked out a jail window. The glass shattered onto an area used by county employees to smoke. The window also had bars on it to prevent escape.

Last month Lakewood Police Chief Timothy J. Malley and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said DNA tied Daniel to a rape in Lakewood.

He was arrested and charged with a separate rape in Cleveland about a week before that.

Besides those two assaults, his DNA also connects him to the February 7, 2000, rape of another Cleveland woman. The rape kit from that attack has been tested by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation as part of Attorney General Mike DeWine's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and its findings were being investigated by Cuyahoga County DNA Cold Case Task Force.

Daniel, 33, has spent much of his adult life in prison. Since 2000, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judges have sentenced him to the penitentiary for crimes that include felonious assault, robbery, burglary and receiving stolen property.

He most recently left prison on March 31, 2014 and was on three years' post-release control at the time of the crimes.

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