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Woman allegedly raped by man met on ChristianMingle.com

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A Southern California woman says she was sexually assaulted by a man she went on a first date with.

The two developed an online relationship through ChristianMingle.com.

ChristianMingle.com advertises as a place where Christians can find other singles who share values and love for God.

Police in La Mesa, CA, just outside of San Diego say Sean Banks used the site to gain a woman's confidence and then rape her.

It was their first in-person meeting after a lengthy online relationship.

But the woman only knew him by his online name of "Rarity".

Police say it was one of several fake names Banks used which complicated tracking him down.

Reaction around the valley was shock and anger.

"Unbelievable," said Courtney Kaplan. "Of all the sites, of all the places, there's no safe place anymore. Unfortunate."

"Somebody that is using a Christian-based online service is probably thinking that it's safer than using the regular internet and, for me, it makes it even more tragic," said Yvonne Wagner.

Spark Networks, which owns ChristianMingle.com and other faith-based dating websites, says it's cooperating with police and has experts manually reviewing all profile content and photos and has developed several proprietary automated tools to ensure the highest possible level of safety and privacy.

As for Banks, he has been charged with two counts of rape and pleaded not guilty.

The former Navy intelligence officer posted bond of $500,000 and is free.

But police want to know if there are other victims who fell prey to an alleged online dating rapist.

At the bottom of the homepage of the website it says background checks on members are not conducted.

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