Crime & Courts

Man charged in kidnapping, sex assault

James Caldwell
James Caldwell Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill man was arrested and charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a woman he knows, according to Rock Hill Police.

James Clifford Caldwell, 51, of Charlotte Avenue was charged last week with four counts each of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. He remains in the Moss Justice Center in York without bond.

The 35-year-old woman texted Caldwell on May 29 asking to borrow one of his cars, according to a police report.

Caldwell picked the woman up that night and drove back to his apartment so she could take the vehicle.

There, Caldwell asked the woman to have sex with him but she refused, police said. He then reportedly sexually assaulted the woman twice, police said.

Caldwell asked the woman to drive him to another location so he could pick up “his other vehicle,” and she refused, police said. He walked outside and left in his vehicle, and the woman left his apartment in the car he let her borrow.

The woman returned the car she borrowed from Caldwell on May 31, the report states. After handing him the key, she went and sat on the patio. Caldwell reportedly asked the woman to come inside and she refused. The woman asked Caldwell to drop her off at her home and was turning to walk home when he grabbed her and pulled her inside the apartment where, police say, he sexually assaulted her again.

Caldwell later told the woman she was spending the night with him, and she said she “had no intention” of staying with him, police said. He drove her home later that night.

Officers took photos of the woman, who also gave them clothing she had been wearing, according to the report.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082