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McKeesport man gets prison for rape of Trafford woman

Rich Cholodofsky
| Saturday, March 3, 2012

An Allegheny County man will serve up to 20 years in prison for raping a Trafford woman.

Frank Dapra, 29, of McKeesport was sentenced Friday by Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway to serve a minimum of 7 1/2 years after the judge found him to be a sexually violent predator.

Dapra was convicted last March of rape and other charges after the victim testified she was attacked in her home on July 15, 2010.

The woman told jurors during a two-day trial that she allowed Dapra to stay in her apartment but he was asked to leave after he raped her and stole money from her purse. The two had a prior relationship years before the assault, according to testimony. Jurors acquitted Dapra of the theft.

Dapra told Hathaway yesterday that he did not rape his accuser.

During the trial, Dapra's attorney challenged the accusations and said the woman waited a day to tell police that she had been raped. But doctors at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville examined the woman and found evidence consistent with a sexual assault, prosecutors argued.

During sentencing, Hathaway cited Dapra's criminal record, which dates back to when he was 14 years old. Hathaway said Dapra has 11 prior convictions, including assaulting another woman.

"He victimized her and he used her to stay at her apartment and then he raped her," Hathaway said of the most recent case.

As a condition of being classified as a sexually violent predator, Dapra will be required to register his whereabouts with the state police every three months once he is released from prison. The law says he will have to fulfill that registration requirement for the rest of his life.

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