Man sent to prison in 2011 rape of UD student

Joseph D. Fricke, 30, was convicted on four counts last month by a Montgomery County Common Pleas jury in Judge Timothy O'Connell's courtroom.

Fricke must also register as a Tier III sex offender and register his address every 90 days for the rest of his life and pay court costs. Fricke also faces one year of incarceration for a no contest plea in an unrelated case involving counts of receiving stolen property and sexual imposition.

Court documents show Montgomery County prosecutors asked O'Connell to sentence Fricke to 20 years in prison for one count of rape with drugs or intoxicants, rape, contaminating a substance for human consumption and possession of criminal tools.

Court documents show prosecutors say Fricke slipped Lorazepam into the UD student's drink.

Records indicate Fricke and the victim met at Bargos Tap and Grill on Brown Street. They drank alcohol there and at his residence a mile away from campus.

According to records, the woman was dropped off at her dorm room the night after the encounter, awoke about noon and went to a hospital when she felt sick. A sexual exam was performed and a large amount of Lorazepam was found in her system.

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