Another charged in case of woman beaten, set afire

Posted: July 31, 2012

A fourth adult has been charged in the case of a Pittsburgh woman authorities say was lured to North Philadelphia through an Internet chat line in February, held against her will, sexually assaulted and beaten, set afire, and then put on a bus home.

Genaya Lee, 20, of North Philadelphia, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, and false imprisonment involving the unnamed victim, also 20.

Lee, arrested July 14 and held on $750,000 bail, was to have had a preliminary hearing Monday but Municipal Court Judge Karen Yvette Simmons delayed it to Aug. 27. That was as requested by Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGlynn and defense lawyer Richard J. Fuschino Jr., who was just appointed Lee's lawyer. McGlynn and Fuschino both said they hoped to resolve the case through a guilty plea.

In mid-March, three adults were arrested in the alleged assault: Tamara Rhoades, 24; husband Michael, 36; and Steven Mills, 22. Also charged was a 14-year-old who police said was a Rhoades relative. All are awaiting trial. Although Lee was charged as one of the captors of the Pittsburgh woman, Fuschino said that she also had initially been held at the house against her will: "In some ways, she also was a victim." - Joseph A. Slobodzian

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