Daniel James Rick, accused rapist, knowingly spread HIV, charges Hennepin County

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A Minneapolis man already accused of rape had two more charges filed against him yesterday after two men told authorities that he had had sex with them without telling them he was HIV positive.

Daniel James Rick was charged back in February with raping a drunk man after a night of drinking in downtown Minneapolis. The charge carried with a third-degree assault count since the HIV-positive 28-year-old had allegedly spread the virus without disclosing he had it.

This week two more men contacted authorities with their own accounts. Their stories compelled the Hennepin County Attorney's office to levy two additional assault charges against Rick yesterday.


The men were partners, according to the Hennepin County Attorney. The couple solicited Rick for a ménage à trois on manhunter.com on Oct. 15, 2009 and had unprotected sex.

"He knew the consequences knew his condition," says Hennepin County Mike Freeman. "And yet he was just kind of rampantly going out trolling for sex. It's pretty despicable."

Rick is being held on $300,000 bail.

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