Be careful, your spiritual match might just be the devil in disguise. A California man used a Christian dating site to help find a woman to victimize in all the worst ways.
A California man was arrested this week after being accused of sexual assault a woman he met through an online Christian dating website.
Sean Patrick Banks, an unemployed 37-year-old from Del Mar, allegedly used the website ChristianMingle.com to meet a woman in November police say he forced to have sex while visiting her home.
Detectives have spent the past several months looking for the perpetrator, who allegedly called himself “Rylan Butterwood” and “Rylan Harbough” on the site, false names that gave police fits in trying to find the true culprit.
Banks was charged with two counts of sexual assault and one of residential burglary. He has posted a $500,000 bail and pleaded not guilty. Banks could spend 36 years to life in prison if convicted.
Police fear that Banks may have attacked other women.
“After further follow-up in the investigation, the La Mesa Police Department is concerned there may have been more cases (involving) other women,” Lt. Matt Nicholass said.
He believes additional victims could live outside of La Mesa.
“This individual traveled around a lot,” Nicholass told KSWB-TV. “And we are concerned that there are people obviously outside of La Mesa or potentially outside of San Diego County that could be a victim.”
Site officials say the company is doing it everything it can to help with the investigation.
“We are in communication with the La Mesa police department and willing to assist them in any way we can with the investigation,” a ChristianMingle representative told KSWB, adding that the site takes “tremendous precautions” to protect daters.
Banks’ next court hearing is scheduled for March 1.
SMH. This is so scary. People please be careful about who you give your address to! Online dating is very dangerous.
Our prayers are with that poor woman and we truly hope that the police are wrong and there aren’t any more victims.