Lehigh Valley

More charges issued for man accused of raping multiple women

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - More charges have been issued for a Hellertown man accused of raping multiple women from the East to the West Coast. 

Police released information from an investigation from Sept. 27, in which 30-year-old Seth Mull is accused of rape by force, aggravated indecent assault by force, and related charges. 

Officials say they responded to the Best Western on Gateway Drive in Bethlehem that September night for a female who reported she was raped. 

The 19-year-old female victim was in the manager's office, with clothes supplied to her from the hotel, when police arrived. Mull and another female came down to the lobby to look for her, showed police a video of her on Mull's phone, and were told by police to go into a separate room with another officer. 

The victim told police she thought she and her female friend were going to go back to the hotel to hang out and said she didn't know Mull, nor that he'd be there. 

Police say the female and Mull tried to convince the victim to have sex with the two of them and even offered her money.

She told police she refused and hid in the bathroom while the two engaged in sexual acts. She told officials that she soon heard the two begin to argue, so she came out to see what was happening. 

The victim says Mull stated he was 'mad' and threw her on the bed and forced her to have sexual intercourse. She told police she got Mull to stop by saying that she was going to be sick, and he let her up. 

She then ran into the bathroom, locked the door, wrapped a towel around herself and ran down the hallway of the hotel, according to officials. 

After interviewing the victim, police went to where Mull was located and asked him what occurred in the hotel room. Officials say Mull refused to give a statement and was uncooperative. 

Police seized all phones belonging to the three in the hotel room and found video on Mull's phone of him having sexual intercourse with numerous young women. 

Police say one of the videos on Mull's phone showed a female crying in an elevator calling a 911 operator. She gave her location as being at the Marriot in Philadelphia. That crime is being followed up by the Philadelphia Police Department, officials say.

Northampton County DA John Morganelli held a press conference Dec. 1 in which he reported investigators believe there are more victims out there, including from the Lehigh Valley. He said Bethlehem police reached out to law enforcement around the country and found there were complaints about Mull from as far away as California and Hawaii.

Police believe that six to eight women from the area have filed complaints against him.

Mull, who is originally from Warren County, New Jersey, would use social media to ask victims on dates before trying to lure them into human trafficking, Morganelli said.

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