Man charged with rape of child

Mer­rill Say­lor faces four felony charges fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions by 6-year-old girl

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A Bech­telsville man has been ar­rested af­ter po­lice al­lege he raped a 6-year-old girl.

Mer­rill Daniel Say­lor, 33, of the 1200 block of North Read­ing Av­enue, is fac­ing four felony charges fol­low­ing an investigation by Berks County De­tec­tives.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Child­line re­ceived a re­port of sus­pected child abuse from a Pottstown Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter emer­gency room physi­cian’s as­sis­tant on Nov. 26. The vic­tim was re­ported to be a 6-year-old fe­male.

An in­ter­view with the vic­tim in­di­cated that she had been sleep-

ing and woke up when the al­leged sex­ual abuse oc­curred. The vic­tim stated that it hap­pened three or four times, court doc­u­ments state.

Say­lor was ques­tioned by po­lice about the al­le­ga­tions on Dec. 20, at which time Say­lor ad­mit­ted that the events de­scribed by the vic­tim had hap­pened once at his apart­ment in the spring.

Say­lor has been charged with rape of a child and re­lated of­fenses.

He was ar­raigned be­fore District Judge Dean R. Pat­ton on Dec. 27 and is sched­uled for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore District Judge Michael G. Hart­man on Jan. 4.

He was un­able to post the set $250,000 bail and is be­ing held at Berks County Prison.

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