New Charges Against Alleged Christian Mingle Rapist

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LA MESA — New charges involving two different alleged victims have been filed against a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met through the dating website ChristianMingle.com.

Sean Patrick Banks, 37, a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, is charged with the alleged rape of an intoxicated person, as well as a separate incident where he allegedly tried to dissuade a witness from talking to police.

christian-mingle-guyThe alleged assault happened in November at the home of a woman, who Banks met on the website using the name ‘Rarity.’

Now, a second woman has come forward claiming she narrowly escaped becoming his next victim.

“I want other women out there to know they should come forward,” said Victoria Kinney, a former Miss Irvine.

He and Kinney never met but talked by phone a handful of times.

Banks told her he was arrested, but not guilty.

“He said he’d been arrested for rape, that the police were saying that’s his MO and it wasn’t true,” she said.

Kinney said she went to police, and that’s when Banks started harassing her with threats and intimidation.

Police say they later learned that Banks used other names on the dating site, including Rarity, Rylan, Rylan Butterwood and Rylan Harbough.

The number of aliases led investigators to suspect that Banks may have assaulted other women, and may have used other dating sites under additional false names.

Banks is being held without bail pending a review hearing Wednesday. If convicted, he faces 44 years to life in prison.

Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department, Detective Scott at (619) 667-7538.

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