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Hearing postponed in Versailles sex assault

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3:46 a.m.

A preliminary hearing for a Versailles bar owner charged with rape has been continued for three weeks.

The bond holding Todd A. Arthrell, 42, of Versailles was reduced from $500,000 straight cash to what effectively is a $2,000 bond, or 10 percent of $20,000.

Arthrell remained in Allegheny County Jail, according to court records, awaiting a hearing before Magisterial District Judge Thomas G. Miller Jr. in White Oak.

It had been scheduled for Monday, but now will be March 31 at 1:30 p.m.

Arthrell was arrested on Feb. 19 by county police on two counts each of rape, sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse — all felonies — and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault.

In an affidavit, county police said a 26-year-old woman was assaulted by Arthrell at his The Bridge Tap House & Grille along the 5200 block of Walnut Street in Versailles after closing time on Feb. 19.

The woman told county detectives she agreed to Arthrell's request to meet him, but not for sexual activity.

Arthrell allegedly plied her with liquor then forced her to have oral sex and intercourse.

Police said the woman was treated at UPMC McKeesport.

The affidavit quoted Arthrell as refusing to meet the detectives for an interview, saying, “go ahead and put charges on me because I didn't do anything.”

Court authorities said the continuance and reduced bond were requested by defense attorney William Difenderfer, who could not be reached for comment at presstime.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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