Crime

Rock Hill man charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman

James Caldwell
James Caldwell Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill man was arrested and charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a woman he knows, according to Rock Hill Police.

James Clifford Caldwell, 51, of Charlotte Avenue was charged last week with four counts each of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. He remains in the Moss Justice Center without bond.

The 35-year-old victim on May 29 texted Caldwell asking to borrow one of his cars to take out of town, according to a police report. Caldwell picked the woman up that night and drove back to his apartment so she could take the vehicle.

There, Caldwell asked the victim to have sex with him, but she refused, police said. He then reportedly sexually assaulted the woman twice.

Caldwell asked the victim to drive him to another location so he could pick up “his other vehicle,” and she refused, police said. He walked outside and left in his vehicle, and the victim left his apartment in the car he let her borrow.

The victim on May 31 returned the car she borrowed from Caldwell, the report states. After handing him the key, she went and sat on the patio. Caldwell reportedly asked the woman to come inside and she refused. The victim asked Caldwell to drop her off at her home, and was turning to walk home when he grabbed her and pulled her inside the apartment where, police say, he sexually assaulted her again.

Caldwell later told the woman she was spending the night with him, and she said she “had no intention” of staying with him, police said. He drove her home later that night.

Officers took photos of the victim, who also gave them clothing she had been wearing, according to the report.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082

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