Jury convicts Ocala man in rape case, more cases pending

OCALA — A 38-year-old Ocala man faces up to life in prison after jurors found him guilty of sexual battery.

It took about an hour on Wednesday for the six-member jury to return the verdict against Michael Frye. He has two more rape cases pending.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports Frye is suspected of abducting and attacking four women in Marion and Alachua counties between July 5 and Oct. 12 of last year. He is also a suspect in another incident in Gainesville.

Prosecutors say Frye attacked a 43-year-old woman on Oct. 12.

Frye contended the sex was consensual and that the woman didn't remember because she was high on crack cocaine.

The newspaper reports Frye showed little emotion in court. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled later.

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