Police Charge Man In Infant Abuse Case
Police: Friddle Faces 13 Counts Of Sexual Assault
POSTED: 7:37 pm HST March 14, 2008
UPDATED: 8:45 pm HST March 14, 2008
HONOLULU — A man police accused of raping an infant girl was taken into custody Friday night and charged with the crime, police said.
Police charged Danny Franklin Friddle, 30, with 13 counts of sexual assault and child abuse on a girl under the age of 2.
They arrested him on Wednesday following an investigation that allegedly included a videotape of the assault.
Friddle was charged with eight counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of third-degree sexual assault and two counts of promoting child abuse.
Honolulu Police Department detectives arrested Friddle after they said he was connected to a videotape showing a man assaulting a young girl.
Detectives notified the mother after reviewing the tape and said the abuse might have started when the girl was a newborn.
No one appeared to be home Friday at the Kapolei-area residence where Friddle lived for more than a year and where he was arrested on Wednesday.
His car remained parked outside.
Neighbors said they didn’t know much about him because he usually worked late hours and didn’t socialize much, but they said they were shocked after learning of his arrest.
“The first thing I wanted to do was throw up. Second, was my daughter grows up in this neighborhood. A lot of children that I know, that I see, that I care about are growing up in this neighborhood,” neighbor Chezare Amakalea said.
Friddle became a Schofield soldier after moving from North Carolina.
A person who knows him said Friddle went AWOL after getting into a car accident and spent five months in the brigade. He tried to get reinstated in the Army, but was denied, the person said.
Friddle has been working as a security guard at Kam Four housing.
Public records show he was divorced from a woman in North Carolina and has two young boys.
He has several misdemeanors in that state, but nothing that would indicate a history of sexual abuse, officials said.
He and his second wife divorced in September 2007 and have a child.
Friddle is being held on a $100,000 bond.