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Accused Oil City rapist held for court

Submitted Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:48am by Andy Alm

OIL CITY – A Venango County judge yesterday decided there’s enough evidence for accused rapist Randy Sollinger to stand trial. The 18-year-old Seneca resident was held for court following a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Andrew Fish yesterday morning. He is facing five criminal counts, four of them felonies, for allegedly raping a sixteen-year-old girl in Oil City’s Justus Park and then threatening her with a knife on January 12, a Saturday, at between four and six in the afternoon.

A criminal complaint states that the girl went to the park to meet a 17-year-old male friend. She met the friend and Sollinger there, and after the 17-year-old friend left, Sollinger is accused of pulling the girl close to him, at which point she told police she felt the knife in his pocket. Police say the girl knew Sollinger from school, and was aware that he carried a knife.

Oil City Police Sgt. Steven Hamilton says Sollinger ordered the girl to go under a bridge where he raped her and forced her to perform oral sex.

When he was finished, Sollinger allegedly told the girl to “be quiet.”

“The defendant then went over to a dead raccoon that was in the area and he sliced it open with the knife,” Hamilton says.

Sollinger allegedly confessed to having sex with the girl, but claimed it was consensual. He remains in the Venango County Jail, unable to post 125-thousand dollars bail. No trial date is given in online court records.

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