Former IU employee charged with rape of student

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Gregory Danielson

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– An Indiana University employee was arrested Monday night for allegedly raping a student.

University officials say the suspect, 22-year-old Gregory Danielson, has been barred from campus.  He worked as a temporary employee at IU Recreational Sports, where he met the victim.  He has since been fired.

The alleged rape took place  at Danielson’s Bloomington apartment, which is not located on campus, according to prosecutors. The incident was reported on Nov. 30.

The victim’s father, who we are not identifying for privacy reasons, doesn’t think his daughter is Danielson’s only victim.

“We found out that this has happened to one other girl. Same exact story, she just decided not to go forward,” he said. “These girls need to know that there’s somewhere to turn and they don’t have to be afraid to talk to people.”

The father suspects Danielson slipped something into his daughter’s drink before the alleged rape.

“She completely blacked out,” he said, adding she “has no recollection of leaving the bar.”

Danielson is charged with rape when the victim is unaware or mentally disabled as well as criminal confinement. Blood tests are being done to determine if the victim was drugged.

The victim’s father says when Bloomington police confronted Danielson about the allegations, he initially denied the crime, but later confessed.

Danielson was booked into the Monroe County Jail on a charge of rape.  He is being held on a $20,000 surety bond.

University leaders add that there are lots of resources available to help victims of sexual assault.  Those can be found here or by calling a 24-hour call line at (812)-855-8900.

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