An Atlanta man will be spending decades in prison after being convicted of a slew of charges stemming from his rape of a teenage girl in an ice cream truck last year.
Khabir Daniel, 45, was convicted of child molestation, statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, sodomy, and enticing a child for indecent purposes and sentenced to 25 years in prison to be followed by life on probation, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a release issued Thursday.
Daniel was arrested after a bystander called 911 on July 25, 2018 to report seeing an ice cream truck parked in a vacant lot, the office said. The truck, the witness reportedly said, was “rocking in a back and forth motion,” leading him to believe that there was someone having sex inside.
Upon the arrival of police, Daniel claimed that he and his “girlfriend” were stocking shelves, but when authorities asked him to step out of the vehicle, they observed that he was visibly aroused, according to the release. Daniel then claimed that he and his “girlfriend” were kissing, but once officers saw his alleged partner, they immediately observed how young she appeared to be. The child told police at the scene that she was only 14 years old; she said during later interviews that, since she began working in Daniel’s truck on June 15, 2018, he’d put his mouth on her genitalia and had had sexual intercourse with her.
Online jail records suggest that Daniel molested the child on July 25 and raped her on July 1.
While talking to his wife during a jailhouse phone call, Daniel referred to his young victim as being “like a drug,” the district attorney’s office said.
“I should have pulled away from that little girl, but she was like a drug. It’s like an addiction. These are urges that I have deep inside me,” he reportedly said.
Daniel has 28 arrests to his name and has been convicted of six felonies in the past, including child molestation. Prior arrests include multiple instances of alleged shoplifting, according to jail records.
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