Del Mar man arrested on suspicion of raping woman he met through Christian dating website

Police: Suspect met victim on Christianmingle.com

LA MESA, Calif. - Investigators sought Friday to determine if an unemployed Del Mar man accused of raping an East County woman he met through a Christian dating website might have targeted additional alleged victims.

Sean Patrick Banks, 37, was arrested Monday and jailed on suspicion of two sex-assault charges and a count of residential burglary. Two days later, he pleaded not guilty to the allegations, posted $500,000 bail and was released from custody on his own recognizance.

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.

Using the online moniker "Rarity," Banks got in touch with a La Mesa resident on Christianmingle.com last November and visited her home, where he allegedly raped her, Lt. Matt Nicholass said.

The woman, who is in her 20s, did not know Banks' real name, and it took detectives several months to identify him as the suspected assailant.

Banks also alternately called himself "Rylan Butterwood" and "Rylan Harbough" on the dating website, according to Nicholass.

"After further follow-up in the investigation, the La Mesa Police Department is concerned there may have been more cases (involving) other women," the lieutenant said.

ChristianMingle was cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

Banks' next court appearance, a readiness conference, is scheduled for March 1.

Banks faces 36 years to life in prison if convicted of the charges, according to prosecutors.

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