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Lane County man charged in violent attack of gay man

A Lane County man faces a federal hate crime charge on accusations he used a dating app to target and brutally assault a man because he was gay.

Daniel Andrew McGee of Springfield was arrested by the FBI Monday on a hate crime charge accusing him of a July 5 attack on a man he met through the social media and dating app Grindr in which McGee allegedly beat the victim with a wooden club and attempted to kill him, according to a release issued Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“The victim sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital,” the release states.

Leading up to the attack, federal prosecutors say they found evidence that McGee used the internet to find “graphically violent anti-gay material” including videos of LGBT people being physically attacked.

"In addition, McGee searched online for suggestions about how to get away with murder and how murderers avoid getting caught,“ the release states.

McGee made his initial appearance Monday on the federal hate crime charge in U.S. District Court in Eugene. At the hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mustafa Kasubhai ordered that McGee be held in jail pending further court proceedings.