Man tried to limit ties to sex assaults

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An Augusta man suspected of committing a series of increasingly violent sexual assaults knew about law enforcement techniques to gather forensic evidence and took precautions to cloak his identity, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Charles Anthony James, 32, faces charges including aggravated sodomy, kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated battery related to attacks on three women in May and June.

The women said their assailant had shaved his body hair. He used condoms and took all of the women's clothing and any items that might have yielded forensic evidence, according to the affidavit.

In each case, the women told detectives, a man in a pickup asked whether they wanted a ride. The first victim managed to get out of the truck and run for help, but the next two couldn't because the door handle and the lever controlling the window had been removed.

After the first attack, the assailant also started using a knife.

On May 21, two days after the first attack, a woman was found walking naked on Milledge Road. She told an investigator that her attacker drove to Goodrich Street Extension -- where the first woman was assaulted -- pulled a knife and sodomized her.

The third victim was driven to the rear of Quality Carriers on Mike Padgett Highway on June 18. The man sodomized her and cut her genitals, and she lost a great deal of blood and needed surgery, according to the search warrant.

The attack left officers a potential huge clue, however. They knew to look for a truck with a large blood stain on the seat, and a surveillance camera near the scene of the last attack captured an image of the Chevrolet S-10 they believed the attacker drove.

On June 20, Deputy Scott Herring saw a truck matching the description on Morgan Road. The driver's description matched that given by the three victims, and Investigator Sean Cochran saw dark red stains on the truck's bench seat, along with long strands of hair, according to the search warrant.

Officers took DNA samples from Mr. James and searched his home, where they found women's clothing in a trash can.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Charles Anthony James will stay in jail for now. A parole officer will determine what will happen with the rest of the 10-year sentence he was given in 2000 for robbery.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/04/08 - 07:04 am
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This man is way beyond sick.

This man is way beyond sick. He'll probably be released with a minor reprimand.

usncporet
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usncporet 07/04/08 - 07:23 am
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Put him in a cage with

Put him in a cage with McBride's hungry pit bulls.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/04/08 - 07:29 am
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What a waste of good air.

What a waste of good air. Amazingly there are 5 comments about some pit bull but only three comments about this pervert. Tell you that some people care more about Fluffy than Jennifer.

christian134
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christian134 07/04/08 - 07:51 am
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Justice needs to work in

Justice needs to work in favor of the victims for a change...He should never be let out of his cage...

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 07/04/08 - 07:55 am
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Where's Lorena Bobbit when

Where's Lorena Bobbit when you need her?! Sick, degenerate pervert!

mercyme
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mercyme 07/04/08 - 07:55 am
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Our judicial system will

Our judicial system will protect this WACKO, sad to say! What about the poor victims of this animal and other potential victims when he is released because he will claim insanity?

eschamb
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eschamb 07/04/08 - 09:24 am
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I hope Georgia does not have

I hope Georgia does not have the same type of Judges that are in Vermont! If so, watch out public.

TommyBoy
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TommyBoy 07/04/08 - 11:53 am
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Nice work RCSO!!! As for

Nice work RCSO!!! As for concerns about Judges or the punishment involved, on the Aggravated Sodomy charge alone, "A person convicted of the offense of aggravated sodomy shall be punished by imprisonment for life or by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 20 years." You ain't in Vermont anymore!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/04/08 - 03:07 pm
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Firefighter, its probably

Firefighter, its probably becuase there has already been numerous articles about this case and a lot of posts in the past weeks. The other article is something more recent.

mable8
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mable8 07/08/08 - 01:07 am
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Not only should he be caged

Not only should he be caged forever and a day, but someone ought to remove his genitals, without benefit of pain medication, and see how he likes equal justice. What a sorry #@!*#@# he is. And NO I do not believe he has a mental problem; people with mental deficiences do not plan such horrific assaults.

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