Oil City Man Charged In Blair County Rape

April 5, 2013
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Police in Blair County have charged an Oil City man in the rape of a woman at a park in Tyrone last Saturday afternoon.

18 year-old Robert Mertsch was arrested at a halfway house in Tyrone, and has been charged with rape, indecent assault and other counts.  Tyrone Police say Mertsch raped a 19 year-old female acquaintance who was visiting him while the two walked a trail in a Blair County park.

Investigators say the woman claimed she had refused to have sex with Mertsch, and that he had then hit her in the head and forced himself on her.  The woman was treated at a Pittsburgh hospital.

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