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Man charged with forcible sodomy in Syracuse

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Mar 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-10 18:18:36-04

SYRACUSE — A 36-year-old man was taken into custody Monday after sexually assaulting a woman on the side of a road, police said.

On March 2, Tanus Mercer went to a Salt Lake City bar to pick up a female friend, according to a press release from Syracuse Police.

Mercer pulled to the side of the road at 4000 West and 1650 South in Syracuse and reportedly forced the woman to engage in anal sex – afterward he drove her home.

Days later the victim reported the alleged assault to Syracuse Police.

Mercer was questioned and reportedly admitted to investigators that he forced the sexual activity with the woman.

Mercer was charged with forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Davis County Jail.