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Cops: Rape suspect met victim on Christian dating site

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  • Man accused of raping woman het met on dating website
  • Police say Sean Banks, 37, went by various user names
  • Banks posted bail and is free on his own recognizance
  • If you have information, call the tipline at 619-667-7538
Cops: Rape suspect met victim on Christian dating site

Did rape suspect use Christian dating site?

Did rape suspect use Christian dating site?

California authorities have arrested a man who they suspect raped a woman he met on a Christian dating website.

Sean Banks, 37, has been charged with rape by force, residential burglary, and digital penetration by force.

Banks allegedly met the female victim on the dating website Christianmingle.com, where he went by the username “Rarity,” according to a La Mesa police press release.

“Sean Banks arrived to the victim’s home in La Mesa and was sexually aggressive towards the victim, ultimately raping her,” the press release states.

Authorities say a further investigation revealed Banks also used other online names such as “Rylan,” “Rylan Butterwood,” and “Rylan Harbough.”

“We are in communication with the La Mesa police department and willing to assist them in any way we can with the investigation,” a representative from the dating website told KSWB.

Banks has pleaded not guilty and is free on his own recognizance after posting $500,000 bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for March 1.

La Mesa police say they fear there may be other victims, and urge anyone with information to call the tipline at 619-667-7538.

Attempts to locate an attorney representing Banks were unsuccessful.

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