She met him on a dating site, where Seth Mull profile said he is “serious about finding the perfect match.” She found him attractive: Mull was fit, with huge biceps and ripped abs. He was a little bit too quickly wins her trust.
The couple met at a Pennsylvania hotel, where they drank and listened to music. She said she’d made it clear to him in advance: No sex.
Mull had other ideas, according to the court documents, taking her hostage in his hotel room, raping her repeatedly and burned with a lighter. “You look in his eyes,” the 24-year-old New Jersey woman told The Associated Press, “and you will see the devil.”
The woman, authorities say, had blundered into the clutches of an interstate serial predator, who used guile and charm to lure unwitting victims into a dark and violent world of sexual exploitation.
Authorities say Mull, 30, lured women online, and fell upon them in the person, causing the victims to be “sex slaves” during the use of violence and drugs to exercise control.
The police already has a surcharge of Mull with the raping of the woman and the two others in Pennsylvania hotels fall into this trap. Law enforcement agencies from New Jersey to Hawaii are looking for more victims. Mull has a record of sexual abuse from his early teenage years in New Jersey, according to the court documents.
Mull has been in prison since he Oct. 28 arrest by Bethlehem police. His public defender did not return phone calls or e-mails seeking comment. Mull faces a preliminary hearing in one of the rape cases on Thursday.
SEX SLAVE CONTRACT
Authorities said Mull forced the women to whom he is entangled in the prostitution and pornography, made them take cocaine and methamphetamine, raped, and choked it, and threatened to kill victims and their families to ensure compliance.
“We believe that there are more young girls who have been traumatized, rape, sexual, strangled, threatened, in fear,” Northampton District Attorney John Morganelli said at a Dec. 1 press conference in which he pleaded with women who say they were victims of Mull to come forward.
A police search of Mull computers and phones after the October arrest showed he had visited websites for human trafficking and sexual slavery. The police also found a written “sex slave contract” and dozens of pornographic videos and photos recorded with his phone, according to court documents.
TRAPPED AND UNABLE TO LEAVE
The prosecutor spoke with the AP said Mull was an expert in manipulating. After connecting online, they spent three hours on the phone, the conversation flows so naturally it seemed the woman had no time passed.
“I felt like I might actually have something with this man,” she said. “We seemed to click so well. He gave me the feeling that he understood me.”
A week later, on Oct. 27, they agreed to a first date. She said that the original plan was to meet in Bethlehem and go somewhere. That morning, Mull told her that he would have been partying in a hotel with friends and ‘ accidentally paid for an extra night,” she recalled. The woman said that she was not happy about his encounter with him in a hotel, “but I trusted him enough and agreed.”
Hours later she found herself locked in his room, unable to leave, ” she said.
The police says that he raped her, strangled her until she threw up, burned her back with a butane torch lighter, forced her to take drugs and declared her as his personal property. Mull told her that if she tried to leave, he would kill her, her family and her friends, police said.
The woman told the AP she didn’t know if she would make it.
“I saw how two completely different people in him, and he would switch back and forth,” she said.
The woman’s ordeal ended 24 hours later, when they sneak a desperate text to her parents, which is called Bethlehem police. Officers rescued her and arrested Mull, who has been in remand since.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they give permission.
Since the first charges were announced, a number of other accusers have contacted the police to lodge for abuse, forced pornography and prostitution allegations against Mull. Bethlehem police said that they are already in contact with the criminal justice system in a number of other cities, from Pittsburgh to San Diego, Honolulu, where Mull was charged last year after a woman accused him of rape, and strangle her. In that case, was dismissed when the accuser refused to go forward.
“He travels, and he leaves behind this massacre,” Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said.
Mull was charged as a juvenile in New Jersey and adjudicated delinquent of sexual abuse in 2001 and also in 2002, according to the documents.
More than a month after Mull allegedly raped and brutalized her in a Bethlehem hotel room, the New Jersey prosecutor’s office said that they occasionally log on to the dating app, only to himself to reassure that he is not back.
“I’m still not even physically healed yet, let alone mentally,” she said. “It’s going to take a lot of time.”
Rubinkam reported from northeastern Pennsylvania. Associated Press reporter Anthony Izaguirre in Philadelphia contributed to this story.