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Man charged with rape of La Mesa woman met through dating website

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LA MESA (CNS) - La Mesa police want to know if a 37-year-old Del Mar man, who is charged with raping a woman he met on the ChristianMingle website, may have victimized other women.

Sean Banks was charged with rape, burglary and penetration by force involving a woman in La Mesa, according to court records uncovered by the Los Angeles Times. He was arrested Feb. 11 and has pleaded not guilty, the newspaper reported.

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 the Beverly Hills-based ChristianMingle and other websites.

He may have used pseudonyms, including Rylan Butterwood and Rylan Harbough. In the La Mesa case, he used the single name Rarity, police told The Times.

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 told the newspaper.

ChristianMingle was cooperating with the investigation, police said.

La Mesa officers asked anyone with information about Banks or other possible victims to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-7538

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