Two women say he molested them two decades ago. Now 67, he’s under arrest.

One victim came forward with the allegations and helped the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office find a second victim.
Thomas Nelson Daniels, 67, was arrested on a charge of capital sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The alleged attacks took place two decades ago. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Thomas Nelson Daniels, 67, was arrested on a charge of capital sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The alleged attacks took place two decades ago. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published August 9

A 67-year-old Clearwater man was arrested Friday on charges that he molested two girls more than two decades ago, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Nelson Daniels, 67, faces one count of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.

He is accused of molesting the two girls when he was in his 40s. One girl was between the ages of 6 to 11 when she was assaulted, the agency said, and the other was 8 to 11.

The investigation started in June when one of the women came forward and named other women who she suspected were also victims, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A second woman told deputies she was abused by Daniels as a child.

Daniels agreed to speak to deputies on Friday at the sheriff’s administration building at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo. He did not deny the allegations, according to deputies.

He was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he was being held without bail on Friday.

In August 2018, records show Daniels was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic assault but the case was not prosecuted.

Anyone who has information about this case or who believe they are also victims is asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s Crimes Against Children Unit at (727) 582-6566.

Contact Romy Ellenbogen at rellenbogen@tampabay.com. Follow @Romyellenbogen.

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