Skip to comments.Rape Suspect Met Victim on Christian Dating Website: Cops
Posted on 02/15/2013 4:40:39 PM PST by nickcarraway
Banks is accused of raping a woman he met on the website Christianmingle.com
La Mesa police arrested a man accused of raping a woman he met on a Christian online dating website.
Sean Banks, 37, of Del Mar has been known to use other aliases online including Rarity, Rylan, Rylan Butterwood and Rylan Harbough.
Banks is accused of raping a woman he met on the website Christianmingle.com officials said.
The woman told police after Banks arrived to her home in La Mesa, he was sexually aggressive toward her and ultimately raped her.
This was the first time she met him face-to-face, said La Mesa PD Officer Matt Nicholass.
He said that the woman felt comfortable with the individual coming to her house and it was only until he was inside the home that he became forceful.
The incident occurred in November 2012. Banks was arrested by La Mesa police on Feb. 11.
Banks was booked on a number of charges including rape by force, digital penetration by force and residential burglary.
When contacted by NBC 7 San Diego, the dating website said they have reached out to the La Mesa police department and are willing to assist in the investigation in any way they can.
"The safety and security of our members is of critical importance to us," said spokesperson Arielle Schechtman. "We take tremendous precautions to protect the safety and privacy of our community members."
She said the website has profile review experts who manually review all profile text and photos submitted by members.
"We have also developed several proprietary, automated tools to help identify questionable profiles and to eliminate fraudulent activity in our communities," she said.
Now detectives are asking for the publics help. They are concerned Banks may have been using other names and may have more victims.
Banks has moved around the country so investigators are concerned there may be victims outside of San Diego County and perhaps California.
The suspect may have been working on other websites.
Anyone with information can call La Mesa Police at (619) 667-1400.
First meeting is at her home? Stupid is as stupid does.
Sounds like most bar scenes. ;-)
She invites a man she’s never met before to her home?
Not only stupid. What ever happened to women’s sense of propriety? (And men’s, for that matter?) If a woman I’d corresponded with on a “Christian” dating site invited me to her home, I’d say “no thanks” and keep looking.
Just because you meet someone on a Christian site doesn’t mean they are Christian. That should be pretty obvious.
sarcasm coming: Just like not every singles ad on Craigslist is written by the same obsessive, fat, hateful woman who will never get a guy. /sarcasm
What ever happened to womens sense of propriety?”
Great question you never hear asked any more of women or men. I would suspect that if you went out on any street USA and asked that question, most of the people would not have a clue as to what you are talking about.
Wolves do come in sheep’s (and ewe’s) clothing. One should not treat people on a so called “Christian” dating site any different than any other dating site. Some people are so naive and gullible and there are many waiting to take advantage.
Down, wantons, down
here we go again.....the victim is always the one condemned....yes like good little muzzies....maybe you all can gather some stones and rocks to teach her a lesson....
Dance club or bar would be better. What man wants a woman who can’t dance or doesn’t drink? /as (agitating sarcasm)
“here we go again.....the victim is always the one condemned.”
She is not to blame and we don’t have all the facts.
But it sounds like she broke a basic safety rule here.
I have done many dumb things also myself.
Reminds me of a very nice, good guy I know who joined a large Catholic Singles group in SoCal. He told me that at every event there were predator types that were no way Catholic or Christian but always showed up because they thought they’d score with (unwitting, naive) women. Eesch.
I moved to Florida in 2001, after my late wife’s funeral. I got on match.com and met a lady who’d recently been widowed. It literally was love at first sight. We celebrated our tenth anniversary last month.
What about meeting at a church social? That would smoke out an imposter.