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FBI Technician, Second Man Charged with...

Posted March 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Two men accused of luring a brother and sister into their car at a Fayetteville skating rink made their first court appearance Monday.

Officers said the two children, a 14-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother were waiting for their mother to pick them up from a skating rink.

Instead, officials said, the children were lured into a car driven by Archie T. McDaniel, 46, a fingerprint technician with the FBI in Washington, D.C.

Authorities said McDaniel and a companion, Sean J. Knutson, 24, then drove the children around Fayetteville for the next three hours with intentions of having sex with the children.

Police officers driving by the corner of Ames and West Rowan streets noticed that Knutson, dressed as a woman, was squatting next to an open passenger-side door, urinating as McDaniel sat in the driver's seat.

Officers found Korynn Groel, 14, and Richard Ward, 7, huddled and crying in the back seat.

Knutson told the officer he and McDaniel were giving the children a ride home.

The children told police that the men pulled up as they were trying to call home from a pay phone.

Both children were unharmed, said their mother, Kathy Groel.

Authorities said McDaniel has also been charged with driving while impaired, and they said further charges may be lodged.

McDaniel has been a fingerprint technician for the FBI for about 20 years, said family members contacted at his home in Maryland. He had told his wife that he was coming to the Fayetteville area to attend a birthday party for his mother.