Newberry Twp. man allegedly grabbed saleswoman

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Police say a Newberry Township man indecently assaulted a saleswoman last week.
  • Rafael Sostre-Ponce, 55, is accused of kissing and holding down a saleswoman.
  • He remains free after posting $7,500 bail.

A Newberry Township man said it was "love at first sight" when he grabbed and held down a saleswoman he had just met, according to police.

Rafael Sostre-Ponce

Rafael Enrique Sostre-Ponce is accused of holding the woman down while he kissed her and told her she could not leave, court documents state.

Sostre-Ponce, 55, of 1300 York Haven Road, Lot 54, is charged with indecent assault, unlawful restraint and harassment.

According to police, the woman was selling services for an energy company when Sostre-Ponce invited her to his home and assaulted her.

Allegations: Newberry Township Police were sent to Sostre-Ponce's address about 4:40 p.m. Thursday for a report of an assault. Police say they found the victim, a door-to-door saleswoman for an energy company, distraught near the residence.

The victim said she had stopped at Sostre-Ponce's home, where she was welcomed in by Sostre-Ponce and his wife, documents state. The victim told the two what her company had to offer, but Sostre-Ponce's wife told her husband not to sign up for the service because she didn't think it was a good deal, police said.

The saleswoman left her business card and left the home.

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Not long after, she said, she got a call from Sostre-Ponce, who directed her back to his residence, court documents state. The woman went to the home because she thought Sostre-Ponce intended to sign up for the energy services, police said.

When the woman entered, Sostre-Ponce's wife was no longer there, according to charging documents. Police say Sostre-Ponce and the woman sat on the couch and that Sostre-Ponce told her that he "liked her" and believed it was "love at first sight."

Sostre-Ponce allegedly grabbed the woman, held her down on the couch and began to kiss her neck and face, documents state. She tried leaving several times, but Sostre-Ponce continued restraining her while kissing her, and he told her he couldn't let her leave, police said.

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She walked toward the door and was grabbed by Sostre-Ponce, who gave her a hug and forced a kiss on her, according to court documents.

Police spoke with Sostre-Ponce outside his home, where he told them he had made a mistake and admitted to indecent contact with the woman, police said.

Rafael Sostre-Ponce

Sostre-Ponce was arraigned on the charges Friday morning and remains free after posting $7,500 bail. A phone number for him could not be found, and he does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 22 at District Judge Scott Gross' office.

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