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Elko rape charges say suspect met victim on web dating site

March 26, 2019

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Elko County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 26-year-old man accused of raping a woman he met on an online dating site.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports Ernesto Cruz-Castaneda of Elko was arrested Friday and charged with sexual assault.

Investigators say he met his accuser a few days earlier through the internet dating site MeetMe and she invited him to her residence in the Hamilton Stage area in January.

A detective’s report says they initially went into her bedroom. She says she refused his repeated sexual advances, told him “no” and got out of bed but he prevented her from leaving and allegedly raped her.

He was being held in the county jail on $150,000 bail. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one at a pending court appearance.

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com