Navy Lieutenant Convicted of Raping 2 Women He Met Through ChristianMingle.com

Sean Banks appeared in court June 23, 2014 to hear the jury's decision against him.
Sean Banks appeared in court June 23, 2014 to hear the jury’s decision against him.

Two women testified that Sean Banks raped them after they met online

A San Diego County jury convicted a Del Mar man of raping two women he met through online dating sites ChristianMingle.com and Match.com.

Navy Lieutenant Sean Banks, 38, was found guilty of rape, rape of an intoxicated woman, two counts of forcible digital penetration and residential burglary with intent to commit rape. The jury found him not guilty of attempting to dissuade a witness.

He faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced.

Banks’ lawyer told NBC 7 Banks he is deeply disappointed in the results of what he called a “he said-she said” case. He plans to meet with his client to see what their options are moving forward, including possible motions for a new trial.

But prosecutors were pleased that this “very dangerous internet predator” will be placed behind bars.

“Sean Banks is an example of why it is very important for women to know who they are going out with,” the deputy district attorney said.

State law does not require allegations of rape to be corroborated, according to the defense lawyer, so no DNA evidence was presented to help convict Banks.

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SOURCE: NBC San Diego
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