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Women Allege Rape by Man Met on Internet Dating Service

Women Allege Rape by Man Met on Internet Dating Service

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Sam Penrod ReportingSpringville police are investigating allegations from two women that a man they met on an internet dating service sexually assaulted them. Police fear there could be more victims.

Police say the women came forward last week, one says she was assaulted in mid August, the other in late September, but both cases are similar in that the suspect met the women on an online dating service.

The suspect in this case is 24-year old Kent Parkinson, who is living in Springville. Police say Parkinson met the women online and, after inviting them over to the home where he is living to watch a movie, he assaulted them. In one case the suspect had dated the alleged victim more than once, but in the other case the victim says she was assaulted on their first date.

Police want any other women who believe they were victimized to come forward, and say that it's important to be cautious when beginning to date strangers.

Lt. Dave Caron, Springville Police Dept.: "We try to encourage people to be careful it doesn't really matter if you meet online or not, or if you meet somewhere else at a dance of any place else, you need to be careful there are people out there who are not what they appear."

Kent Parkinson was arrested on rape and sexual assault charges and booked into the Utah County jail. Detectives are trying to determine if Parkinson was using the internet dating services to find victims or if he just took advantage of the situation.

This is the second case in Utah County in less than a month where women have accused men they met on the internet of sexually assaulting them.

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