Frye convicted of rape
Two more Marion cases pending
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 7:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 7:33 p.m.
OCALA — Michael Frye on Wednesday was found guilty of the first sexual battery case against him.
The 38-year-old was charged with armed kidnapping and three counts of sexual battery with great force in the case. He has two other cases pending.
Authorities believe Frye abducted and attacked four women in Marion County between July 5 and Oct. 12, 2011. He also is a suspect in another incident in Gainesville.
In the case tried Wednesday, authorities contend that on Oct. 12, Frye abducted and attacked a woman, now 43, and drove her into the woods, where he forced her to perform a sex act and sexually battered her with tools.
Frye contended the sex was consensual and the woman didn’t remember the exact details of the incident because she was high on crack cocaine. The six-member jury deliberated and rendered their verdict in about an hour.
Prior to the decision, the prosecution presented scientific evidence detailing the victim’s injuries and evidence found in the minivan where the incident allegedly occurred. They found cuts in the minivan’s upholstery and blood stains.
In a video interview played in court Wednesday, which Frye had with detectives prior to his arrest last October, he denied allegations that he forced a woman to have sex with him.
“I didn’t force nobody. I never have and never will,” Frye said in the video.
A tattoo artist also testified Wednesday that Frye came to him and asked for a quote on what it would cost to cover up tattoos.
The victim had described two distinctive tattoos Frye had on his neck and arm, which helped lead detectives to him.
Frye, dressed in a turquoise shirt and purple tie, showed little emotion after the verdict.
Circuit Judge Brian Lambert ordered a pre-sentence investigation in this case. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled for a later date. Frye faces up to life in prison.
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