Police investigate possible rapes linked to Christian dating site


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Police in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa are investigating whether a 37-year-old man charged with raping a woman he met on the ChristianMingle website may have victimized other women he met on the dating website.

Sean Banks of Del Mar is charged with rape, burglary and penetration by force involving a woman in La Mesa, according to court records. He was arrested Feb. 11 and has pleaded not guilty.


Banks, a computer technician, worked in various locations across the United States. Police said they are investigating whether he may have lured other victims through ChristianMingle and other websites, possibly using pseudonyms, including Rylan Butterwood and Rylan Harbough.

In the La Mesa case, he used the name Rarity, police said. The alleged attack occurred in the woman’s home the first time the two met in person after carrying on conversations over the Internet, police said.

Beverly Hills-based ChristianMingle is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Anyone with information about Banks or other possible victims should call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-7538.


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