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MH man charged with rape, sexual assault

LOCK HAVEN — A Mill Hall man was jailed on felony rape and sexual assault charges after allegedly assaulting a 24-year-old woman in Lock Haven on Oct. 7, Lock Haven City Police said.

Robert Russel Gillin, 44, of 387 Plunket Run road, Mill Hall, is accused of strangling the victim until she was unconscious in a residence along Bellefonte Avenue early in the morning, police said.

Gillin allegedly proceeded to have sex with the victim while she was still unconscious, police said.

Gillin was also in possession of a firearm which, due to a PFA, he is prohibited from possessing, city Detective Richard Simpson said.

Gillin faces charges of two counts rape (Felony 1), one count sexual assault (Felony 2), one count strangulation (Felony 2), one count possession of a concealed weapon (Felony 3) and one count persons not to possess a firearm (Misdemeanour 3), police said.

He was arraigned by District Judge Keith Kibler and placed in the Clinton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail, police said.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

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