An Orangeburg man with a history of rape charges was arrested on Friday and charged in connection with last week’s alleged rape of an Orangeburg woman.
Jessie Frederick of 246 Fair Street was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
"We got a break in the case earlier today," said Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Mike Adams. "An arrest warrant was obtained around 3 o’clock and we had him in custody around 4:15 p.m."
Adams said the 43-year-old Frederick was taken into custody at a Russell Street location without incident. Frederick is charged in connection with the alleged April 17 rape of an Orangeburg woman behind an Amelia Street residence.
On that date at about 2 a.m., a woman called 911 saying a man forced her to have sex with him.
According to an ODPS incident report, the woman told authorities the man took her behind a house and started choking her.
When police arrived, the victim showed officers where she said the attack occurred. Investigators noted the ground appeared to be in disarray. A sweater lay nearby, which the woman said was hers.
A considerable amount of physical evidence was recovered at the scene, including biological evidence, that Adams said should enable police to connect a suspect to the crime scene.
The victim told officers the man said his name was "James."
According to Orangeburg County records, Friday’s charge is Frederick’s fourth criminal sexual conduct charge. He has been convicted twice.