Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

Opera Star David Daniels And Husband Arrested On Drugging And Rape Charges

Famed countertenor David Daniels and his husband have been arrested on sexual assault charges, and their alleged victim credits a Daily News story for helping spur the investigation.


Daniels — who is also a University of Michigan professor — and conductor Scott Walters were arrested separately Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. and booked into the Washtenaw County Jail, according to authorities.


They’re facing extradition to Texas, where they’re accused of raping a young singer at a party nearly 10 years ago.


Samuel Schultz came forward in an exclusive interview with the Daily News in August alleging Daniels and Walters drugged him at a closing night party for the Houston Grand Opera’s performance of “Xerxes” on May 14, 2010.

Following the arrests, Schultz expressed gratitude to The News for bringing visibility to his claims.


“As a victim of sexual assault I know that our voices, our stories, our choices and our hope create a shared strength that is more powerful than the dehumanizing tactics of those for whom the truth is inconvenient and who wish for our silence,” he said.


Schultz, a 23-year-old college graduate at the time, said Daniels and Walters requested that he join them back at their apartment for a drink the night of the Houston Grand Opera bash. He’d never been much of a drinker, but said he accepted the invitation and a beverage to appease the couple, both widely celebrated across the classical music community.


After a few sips, the young musician said he blacked out. According to a police complaint, he woke up the next day “in a bed alone, and completely naked.”


“I was sore and I didn’t know why. I made my way to the bathroom to figure out why I hurt. I was bleeding from the rectum. I became numb. I was paralyzed with fear. What had happened? How could I escape? How would I get out? Where were my clothes?” Schultz wrote in the police complaint.


Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said the department’s adult sex crimes unit “received a delayed report of sexual assault that involved two male suspects” in the summer of 2018. It triggered a monthslong investigation, which culminated in Tuesday’s arrests and a felony second-degree sexual assault charge for both Daniels and Walters in Harris County, Texas.


The charge carries a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and possible fine of up to $10,000.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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