A California man named Sean Banks has been arrested after allegedly raping a woman he met on dating website ChristianMingle.com.
Banks, 37, used the online name “Rarity,” police said. He even had additional accounts with user names such as “Rylan Butterwood” and “Rylan Harbough,” leading La Mesa police to suspect there may have been more victims on dating sites aside from ChristianMingle.
ChristianMingle is cooperating with police in this case.
The site is described as “an online community created specifically for Christian singles looking to meet other Christians, to make new friends or to find a life-long partner that shares similar values, traditions and beliefs … ChristianMingle is continually committed to providing a destination filled with millions of Christian singles united in building a safe, clean, high quality community while bringing glory to Christ Jesus.”
According to CBS, when Banks eventually met the victim in real life, he came to her home and raped her.
Banks was arrested Monday and has been booked on two rape charges in the incident as well as one count of residential burglary.
He has since been released after posting $500,000 bail.
This is not the first case in recent months that a woman has been victimized after meeting someone from an online dating site.
Mary Kay Beckman, from Nevada, sued Match.com for nearly $10 million after she was attacked by Wade Ridley, a fellow user on the dating service.
In September 2010, Fox 4 reports that Beckham and Ridley dated for just over a week but four month later, he broke into her home and "brutally stabbed [Beckman] 10 times with a knife about her head, face and upper body, until the overwhelming force he applied to the stabbing caused the knife to break.”
Court documents state Ridley then "stomped and kicked" Beckman in the head until she "stopped making the gurgling noise.”
ABC reports that a neighbor found Beckman shortly after the attack and rushed her to the hospital.
Ridley later told police he “wanted to kill” Beckman for breaking up with him and confessed to killing another woman he met on Match.com, Ann Simenson.
Ridley later committed suicide while in jail serving a 70-year sentence for killing Simenson but before he was tried for attacking Beckman, Fox 4 reported.