Man named Pirate sent to District Court with additional charges
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POCATELLO — A 42-year-old man named Pirate will go to the district court with additional charges after a Monday preliminary hearing.
Pirate, who legally changed his name from Daniel Selovich, was originally charged with felony aggravated battery. However, according to an amended criminal complaint, three additional counts of aggravated battery were filed against him Friday. Prosecutors also presented enough evidence during the preliminary hearing to move his case to the higher court.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bannock County prosecutors also filed a persistent violator enhancement. The sentencing enhancement means that if convicted, a judge could sentence Pirate up to life in prison.
Each of the charges coincides with the cigarette burns that Pirate allegedly inflicted upon a woman at her home in Downey. According to an affidavit of the probable cause first obtained by EastIdahoNews.com, the victim met Pirate on a dating app and let him stay at her home. A bizarre series of alleged abuses followed until Pirate left the house.
Pirate has made the news in multiple states after several rape accusations and sex crime convictions. He was required to register as a sex offender after a conviction for a 2004 sexual assault of a disabled woman at a Las Vegas motel.
He was also accused of a California rape the same year but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and spent four years in prison. Police were not able to tie Priate to those crimes for several years, until DNA analysis finally proved it was him.
In 2015, Pirate also faced horrific allegations in Alaska after a woman said he held her captive for weeks in a rural cabin and sexually assaulted her. However, the victim died before Pirate could go to trial and the case was dismissed.
At a future District Court arraignment not yet published on the docket, Pirate will enter a plea on the Idaho charges. His bail remains set at $25,000.