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PR Exec Charged With Online Date Rape

Online date rape. At one time, not long ago, there was a big stigma attached to online dating and people dipped their toes in slowly, expecting the worst. But as more and more couples met online, the stigma was removed, and today online dating has become an acceptable part of single life. However, the dangers of online dating have not completely been removed. After all, you are chatting with, and possibly meeting, strangers. And in some cases, your date may be a rapist.

Two Cook County women say they met public relations executive Ignacio Carrillo online and went on dates with him, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. While Carrillo seemed like a catch -- he drove a Porsche and was a vice president at Flowers Communication Group -- the man was a wolf in sheep's clothing.

A 33-year-old suburban woman said she met up with Carrillo and went to several bars with him in the Lincoln Park area, reports the Sun-Times. After the date, as they returned to Carrillo's car, the PR executive allegedly then attacked the woman, raping her twice. The woman reported the crime to prosecutors and after Carrillo was taken in, he was linked to an earlier rape.

In 2009, prosecutors say that Carrillo went on a date with another woman he met online. Again, he took his date to a bar, and after one drink, when his date felt dizzy, he raped her.

Both victims have identified Carrillo from his online profile, and he has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

If he's convicted of both charges, the online Don Juan may get 30 years in jail. Generally, sexual assault is considered a class 1 felony carrying a 15-year jail term. But if someone is convicted of multiple charges, that person can be charged with a class X felony and a 30 year penalty.

Online date rape is no different than rape in any other circumstance. And now Ignacio Carrillo could receive 30 years behind bars for his crimes.

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