Po­lice: Man hid­ing in closet raped and slashed Beth­le­hem woman

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Manuel Gamiz Jr. and Ri­ley Yates

A Beth­le­hem woman was bru­tally at­tacked in her home early Thurs­day by a man who was hid­ing in her closet, court doc­u­ments say.

Ge­orge A. Rosado, of the 1200 block of East Fourth Street in Beth­le­hem, is charged with rap­ing the woman while her three chil­dren slept, and of us­ing a sharp ob­ject to cut her gen­i­tals, caus­ing her to lose a lot of blood, po­lice said. The woman re­quired surgery for the cut. Po­lice said she also suf­fered bruises to an arm and a leg.

Northamp­ton County As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Laura Ma­jew­ski called the at­tack “ev­ery woman’s worst nightmare.”

Rosado, 32, was ar­rested at 6:43 p.m. when he showed up at St. Luke’s Uni­ver­sity Hospi­talFoun­tain Hill where the vic­tim was be­ing treated. He was charged with more than 17 of­fenses, in­clud­ing felony counts of rape, in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sex­ual in­ter­course, ag­gra­vated as­sault, bur­glary, sex­ual as­sault and ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault. He faces mis­de­meanor counts of ter­ror­is­tic threats, un­law­ful re­straint, false im­pris­on­ment, in­de­cent as­sault, three counts of child en­dan­ger­ment and four counts of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment.

Rosado was ar­raigned by District Judge Pa­tri­cia Broscius and was sent to Northamp­ton County Prison un­der $500,000 bail.

Ac­cord­ing to court records and the Northamp­ton County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice, Rosado and the woman had been in a re­la­tion­ship and she had an ac­tive pro­tec­tion-from-abuse order against him.

Six days be­fore the at­tack, a county judge sen­tenced Rosado to three months in jail for vi­o­lat­ing the PFA by al­legedly as­sault­ing the woman on Aug. 4 out­side her home, ac­cord­ing to court records. Judge Craig Dally im­posed the sen­tence on Aug. 30 af­ter Rosado ar­rived for a hearing on the PFA but left the court­house be­fore it was held.

Though Rosado faced a prison sen­tence, a bench war­rant for his ar­rest was not is­sued that day, Ma­jew­ski said. He re­mained free un­til his ar­rest Thurs­day.

In a pe­ti­tion about the PFA vi­o­la­tion, the woman wrote that Rosado slammed her into a car and punched her, bruis­ing her face and ribs and sprain­ing her back. She said she had to go to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

“He has since posted my face all bruised up over so­cial me­dia,” she wrote.

On Tues­day, Rosado again as­saulted the woman, slap­ping her in the face at a gas sta­tion in the 400 block of East Fourth Street, Beth­le­hem po­lice said. The en­counter was also a vi­o­la­tion of the PFA, but charges of sim­ple as­sault and ha­rass­ment were not filed un­til Thurs­day when po­lice charged him in the rape.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint in the rape:

The vic­tim told Beth­le­hem po­lice her three chil­dren were asleep and she was get­ting ready for bed when her closet door opened and Rosado walked out. She said he ap­peared high on drugs.

Ter­ri­fied, the woman told Rosado to leave, but he threw her on the bed. She said she tried fight­ing, but he over­pow­ered her and raped her.

She did not know what he used to cut her. She said friends took her to the hos­pi­tal.

The woman told po­lice she did not re­al­ize Rosado was in her home, but had no­ticed that the side vents to her liv­ing room air-con­di­tioner had been moved.

When Rosado showed up at the hos­pi­tal, po­lice said he was “clearly un­der the in­flu­ence of an un­known drug,” un­able to keep his eyes open and main­tain his balance.

Manuel Gamiz Jr. can be reached at 610-820-6595 or at [email protected]

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