LOS ANGELES – A former Navy officer has been sentenced for raping two women he met on dating websites.
One of his victims, whom he met on Christianmingle.com, spoke publicly in court before her rapist’s sentence was handed down.
“I know that Sean has no remorse for what he did,” said Katy Kuhlman.
The judge, Daniel Goldstein, agreed.
“The defendant could have expressed remorse and he didn’t” said Goldstein.
The judge sentenced Sean Banks to 37 years to life in prison for rape.
“I learned that surviving rape can make you feel dead inside,” Kuhlman said.
Banks raped Katy Kuhlman in 2012 after meeting her on Christianmingle.com.
Her attorney said it’s a story heard time and time again.
“Many online predators take advantage of victims who are vulnerable,” said Gloria Allred, the victim’s attorney.
“He said he was a Christian and almost everything that we talked about revolved around God,” Kuhlman said.
Prosecutors say the former Naval officer was calculating when he raped two women.
“He’s tried to hide, he’s tried to conceal his identity, he’s tried to create false evidence,” said David Williams III, the deputy district attorney.
When Banks spoke, he quoted the Bible and challenged Kuhlman, who was called KK in court.
“I’m willing to consider dropping my appeal if KK can pass a polygraph test,” Banks said.
“Asking the victim to take a lie detector test after he’d been convicted shows a lack of remorse,” Goldstein said. “He’s so angry. He has so much hatred for women. You can shake your head all you want.”
Goldstein sent Banks to prison for what could be the rest of his life.