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Victim alleges she was held in Bethlehem hotel room and raped

She was allegedly held for about 24 hours

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Authorities allege that a 30-year-old man, who met a woman on a dating website, refused to let her leave a hotel room for about 24 hours and raped her several times.

Bethlehem police charged Seth R. Mull with rape, false imprisonment, strangulation and related charges in connection to the alleged attack inside a Holiday Inn Express in the 2200 block of Cherry Lane. District Judge Joseph Barner arraigned Mull, setting bail at $500,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

Police were initially dispatched to the hotel about 8:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a woman being abused inside one of the rooms. The victim was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital, where she was interviewed by authorities.

She told police that she had met Mull through the on-line dating service, “Plenty of Fish,” and that the two had spoken for about a week before agreeing to meet on Friday night, according to court records. She reported willingly having sex with Mull, before he became aggressive and told the victim that she “was his property,” according to records.

The victim told Mull that no longer wanted to have sex with him and that she wanted to leave, according to records. But the 30-year-old allegedly told the victim that she wasn’t allowed to refuse him and that he would kill her, her family and her friends, reminding the woman that he knew where she lived, police said.

Mull allegedly told the woman repeatedly that she "now belonged to him," according to records.

The victim alleges Mull also forced her do lines of cocaine, smoke methamphetamine and take several Benadryl tablets.

The victim also alleged that Mull burned her with a cigarette lighter, hit her, choked her and had someone deliver more meth to the hotel room.

Investigators said a search of the hotel room turned up a broken meth pipe, a glass pipe used to smoke pot, a small baggie of suspected meth and empty baggies containing drug residue.

Court records indicate Mull, who has lived with a friend for the last two months in Hellertown, has a juvenile record for sexual assault.

Along with rape, false imprisonment and strangulation, police charged Mull with terroristic threats, simple assault, unlawful restraint and a handful of drug charges. Mull failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 9.

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