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Jury selection begins in dating site rape trial

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EL CAJON (CNS) - Jury selection got underway Monday for the trial of a man accused of raping two women in San Diego County, including one he met on a Christian dating website.

Opening statements in the trial of Sean Patrick Banks are expected Wednesday.

Banks, 38, is accused of raping a La Mesa woman in her apartment after they met on ChristianMingle.com in October 2012 and is also suspected of raping a woman he met on a different online dating site in 2009.

The defendant faces 44 years to life in prison if convicted of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, sex with a foreign object and burglary.

A third woman -- who is not a named victim in the case -- alleged that Banks touched her inappropriately in a London hotel room after meeting her on ChristianMingle.com in late 2009.

The alleged victim in the La Mesa case testified at an earlier hearing that she felt safe after communicating online with Banks "because all we talked about was God."

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