Appeals finished, Rick pleads guilty in communicable disease case

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Daniel Rick pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree assault-knowing transfer of a communicable disease, bringing to an end cases first filed more than four years ago, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Rick, 33, of Minneapolis and was HIV positive, had been charged with attempted first-degree assault-knowing transfer of a communicable disease in two cases and charged with failure to register as predatory offender in a third case.  In a plea agreement reached Monday, Rick pleaded guilty in a 2009 involving two counts. In return, the charges in two other cases were dropped. He was sentenced to three years probation, to run concurrent with 15 years of probation from a Sherburne County criminal sexual conduct conviction.

In the case for which he pleaded guilty, two men said they met Rick online in the fall of 2009 and invited him to their home. Neither in his online profile, nor when he was in the house did Rick indicate that he was HIV positive, according to the criminal complaint. Eventually, both men had unprotected sex with Rick and one of the men became ill several weeks later. Lab tests revealed he had contracted the HIV virus.

A jury had found Rick guilty on the same charge in another case back in 2011. However, Rick appealed and the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned the conviction last year. The other cases against Rick were on hold while he was appealing.