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IU employee fired after allegedly raping a student

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — An Indiana University employee has been fired after police arrested him for allegedly raping a student. The victim believes she was drugged then raped at the man’s apartment. 

It all started here at Brothers Friday night, where police say the victim was drinking and having fun with friends. Then things went dark. The next memory she had, police say, was waking up with her hands and feet duct taped together and her mouth taped shut. Naked and disoriented, the victim managed to free herself while the suspect 22-year old Gregory Danielson slept.

Police believe the two knew each other. 

“That’s absolutely awful. I can’t imagine a worse thing. That’s personally one of my worst fears,” said IU student Mia Friedel.

The victim called her roommates, who then called police. Police found her wandering around downtown on 6th Street wearing just a shirt. Officers believe she was sexually assaulted. Her family believes she was also drugged. Police took her to the hospital for evaluation.

“All the girls should be able to walk around without having any concern that that such evil things can happen,” said IU student  Abdul Basit.

On Monday, detectives interviewed Danielson. They say he initially lied about the incident until police found a roll of duct tape and used duct tape in his trash can. They say he then said the victim agreed to be tied up. Officers arrested him anyway. He’s now in the Monroe County Jail with no bond facing a rape charge, according to the jail officials.

“A lot of people are lost and it just manifest in a not so great way in this city,” said IU student Conor Crittenden.

According to the university, Danielson was a temporary employee for IU recreational sports. He has been barred from campus and was fired on Tuesday.

“Especially if it’s a faculty member, somebody who is supposed to be ensuring the safety and education of our students, it’s just horrific,” said Friedel. 

Danielson’s initial court hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Monroe Circuit Court 2.