Man jailed on Hermitage rape charge met victim at bar, police said

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Hermitage police have arrested an accused rapist.

Christopher Hazel, 39, of Sharon, was arrested on Tuesday in the 300 block of Orange Dr. in Hermitage.

He is facing charges of rape and assault.

Police said Hazel raped a 45-year-old Sharon woman on Monday around 3 a.m. It happened in a gravel parking area at the intersection of East and Emmett streets in Hermitage.

He met the woman at a local bar and was giving her a ride home, according to police.

Hazel held the woman down by her neck and threatened to kill her if she told anyone, police said.

He’s being held in the Mercer County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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