Man Apologizes For Threatening To Sexually Assault Female Realtors


UPDATED: Thursday July 14, 2011 7:25 PM

A Newark man was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday after admitting he made sexual threats toward several central Ohio real estate agents.

John Daniels apologized moments before he was sentenced, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.

In May, Daniels, 45, pleaded guilty to four counts of telecommunications harassment. 

Prosecutors said that Daniels made threatening phone calls to several female realtors in the Westerville area.

The women said Daniels would contact them, requesting to see a house that was on the market. Each conversation would result in Daniels telling the realtors he was going to sexually assault them, the Delaware County prosecutor said.

Daniels told a judge that he found the women on real estate Web sites.

As he entered the court on Wednesday, one real estate agent who appeared for the sentencing started to cry.

"I was never afraid to meet anyone, and now my husband has to go on all of my appointments with me when I don't know the client," said the woman who requested anonymity.

She told Mallett that she did not want to miss the chance to tell the judge how much her life has changed because of what Daniels did.

"After (Daniels) had asked to meet, red flags were up already before the conversation even started," the woman said.

Daniels choked by tears as he apologized, Mallett reported.

"First off, I would like to apologize for what I did to them putting them through that," Daniels said.  "I am so sorry and I would just like to thank the court, the prosecuting attorney and God Bless you all."

Daniels was convicted of similar charges, in 1994 and 1998.  Both of the cases were in Franklin County.

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