SAN DIEGO–A Canadian man was arraigned in San Diego court on a felony charge of rape by intoxication, the District Attorney’s Office says.
An arrest warrant of $1 million was issued for Nelson Drake, 39 of Whistler, Canada on February 19. He was taken into custody in Dallas, Texas on February 20 and extradited to San Diego. At Drake’s arraignment, prosecutors said the rape occurred when the defendant was in San Diego for a convention.
If convicted of the charge, Drake faces up to eight years in prison.
Rape by intoxication is a growing crime, particularly among 18 to 25-year olds. In an unprecedented collaboration, the San Diego County District Attorney, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, colleges, universities, the military, the Center for Community Solutions / Rape Trauma Center, the Sexual Assault Response Team and other community partners teamed together to form the PRICE Coalition (Preventing Rape by Intoxication through Community Education). PRICE grew out of the need to do something about this crime that destroys promising lives.
“The reality is that rape by intoxication can be prevented in many cases through community education. This is why the PRICE coalition worked with men and women from the target age group to create a message that will effectively reach their peers and alter behavior and perception about the crime of rape by intoxication,” said District Attorney Dumanis.
For more information, including videos by victims of rape by intoxication can be found at www.KnowThePrice.org.