A Marstons Mills man was found guilty Monday of drugging and raping a couple on May 21, 2010. The trial for David J. Kaeppeler, 46, of 1367 Peach Tree Road in Marstons Mills lasted five days in Barnstable County Superior Court, according to a release from the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office.
Judge Gary A. Nickerson sentenced Kaeppeler to 18-20 years at MCI Cedar Junction on the charges of rape and drugging to enable sexual intercourse. He was additionally sentenced to lifetime probation on the charge of drugging to confine.
On May 21, 2010, Kaeppeler was arrested and charged with drugging and raping a couple. According to the DA's Office, the then 24-year-old male victim woke up to find Kaeppeler performing oral sex on him. The man's girlfriend was unconscious nearby, the release from the DA's Office said.
The "date rape" drug GHB was recovered from Kaeppeler's home the following day. Both the male and female victims were treated for GHB poisoning.
Kaeppeler was accused of drugging another man in a similar manner four months later.
Strict conditions accompany the lifetime probation charge. During that period, Kaeppeler must attend sex offender counseling and may have no contact with the victims or their family members through any means. Kaeppeler must abstain from drugs and alcohol and will be subject to random testing. He will wear a GPS and is not allowed to work where drugs or alcohol is kept, in the food and beverage industry or at a pharmacy. He cannot live where alcohol and drugs are kept and he will be subject to a strict curfew from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Kaeppeler must give a DNA sample and will be a registered sex offender.
Second Assistant District Attorney Sharon J. Thibeault prosecuted the case.
(Above: David Kaeppeler. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photo.)