Aug 3, 2015 3:28 PM
Portsmouth man accused of using adult advertisements to lure, rape women
CONCORD – Police say a Portsmouth man used an online classified website to lure two women to his apartment and rape them.
According to Fosters.com, James Banks used Backpage.com to meet the young women he is accused of raping. An affidavit states one of the women was raped in his apartment which was padlocked from the exterior and escaped by jumping out of a third-story window.
N.H. Associate Attorney General Jane Young, her office and the police are well “aware of the issues with Backpage and human trafficking and the police continue to monitor Backpage in an effort to combat human trafficking.”
Backpage.com has questionable advertisements for “companionship” between “two consenting adults.”
The indictments against Banks are not the first to come about in the state because of Backpage.
In 2014, a Massachusetts man was convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old in Portsmouth hotels. The prosecution used paged of backpage.com advertisements as evidence.
Banks was indicted in July and charged with eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of kidnapping, a charge alleging criminal restraining and two counts of second degree assault.