Convicted rapist Seth Mull, already on a jail term that will likely keep him behind bars for the rest of his life, has been given extra time in a conviction linked to a guilty verdict for promoting prostitution charges.
The 33-year-old man, who was charged after discovering he was using a tablet rented from the prison to prostitute a 27-year-old woman, was sentenced to 19 months to seven years in prison, according to a statement from the Northampton County Attorney’s Office. The sentence will run consecutively to his current 75-year life sentence, imposed in 2018 following a conviction for rape of several women and human trafficking.
Prosecutors said Northampton County Jail informed them of the abuse of the tablet in January 2019 and Mull was charged the following month. Mull started using the tablet in late 2018 to prostitute women. The money went to the Mull Prison Commissioner’s account.
Northampton County Judge Samuel Murray said the sentence was longer than the standard sentence. “I have to consider the protection of the community,” he said, according to the statement.
In addition to the conviction, the release also noted that the Pennsylvania Superior Court dismissed Mull’s appeal regarding his previous trial. Mull claimed in his appeal that the cases against him should not have been tried together. He also expressed his concerns regarding the admission of the evidence.
“Today we have succeeded in protecting our community by incarcerating a very dangerous man for a long time,” Northampton County District Attorney Terence Houck said in the statement. “While this is only a small comfort to his many victims, I am convinced that much future harm has been avoided, and their courage to speak out is the main reason.”
Mull first came to the attention of local police in October 2017, when a woman said she raped her and forced her to use drugs at a Bethlehem hotel. Mull was arrested, when other women came forward to report that he had raped or sexually assaulted them, police said.
Prosecutors at the time said Mull was using websites such as Plenty of Fish, Facebook and Tinder to lure women he allegedly forced into a sex trafficking ring. He was tried in Northampton County for incidents that occurred in September and October 2017 at hotels in Bethlehem; Township of Hanover, County of Northampton; and Philadelphia.
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