A Lower Saucon Township man told a woman he met via an online dating website she was his property, as he raped her and forced her to use drugs during a nearly 24-hour hotel stay, according to police.
Seth R. Mull, 30, of the 1900 block of Waldheim Road, was jailed Sunday morning in lieu of $500,000 bail on felony rape and related charges stemming from the alleged incident in Bethlehem.
City police said they responded about 8:30 p.m. Saturday to Holiday Inn Express at 2201 Cherry Lane for the report of a possible female abuse victim in a room there.
The victim was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, where she was interviewed by police, court records say.
She had met Mull about a week prior on the dating site, according to police. They agreed to meet at 9 p.m. Friday at the hotel, where they listened to music, drank alcoholic beverages and had consensual sex, according to police.
Mull “became very aggressive” and told the victim “she was his property and was not allowed to say no to him,” police said.
She was forced to do lines of cocaine and smoke crystal methamphetamine, as well as take several tablets of Benadryl, according to police.
The victim told Mull she no longer wanted to have sex with Mull and wanted to leave, police said. Mull threatened to kill her, her family and her friends if she tried to leave the room, and “reminded her that he knows where she lives,” court records say.
Mull allegedly raped the woman and is also accused of choking her during intercourse to the point she was gagging and vomiting, according to police.
At one point Saturday, according to police, “Mull had a person deliver some methamphetamine to the room so he could make her ingest more.”
Police took Mull into custody and seized drug paraphernalia, a bag of suspected meth and plastic container of marijuana, court records say.
He was arraigned before District Judge Patricia Broscius on felony counts of rape and strangulation, in addition to misdemeanor terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Mull was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of bail with a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled Nov. 9 before District Judge Joseph Barner.
Broscius agreed to 10 percent bail if approved by Northampton County Pretrial Services, provided her remain under their supervision and have no contact with the alleged victim, pending disposition of the case.