Man charged in Lehigh Valley Mall rape waives hearing

A Bethlehem man accused of raping a woman at the Lehigh Valley Mall last summer gave up his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Carlos Conner, 21, of the 800 block of Itaska Street, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman on Aug. 7 in one of the back hallways of the mall, according to court records. She said she was able to flee from the assault and call for help from a friend, records show. The next day the victim identified Conner as the man who attacked her and a warrant was issued on Sept. 17, records show. He was not arraigned until a month ago On Tuesday, Conner waived charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, rape by forcible compulsion,...