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Mar 17, 2016 11:26 AM

Portsmouth man sentenced to year behind bars for assaulting escorts he met online

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A Portsmouth man who admitted to assaulting women he met online who were working as escorts is heading to prison.

The Portsmouth Herald reports 22-year-old James Banks was sentenced to a year behind bars on Wednesday. Banks pleaded guilty to assault charges against two women and a criminal restraint charge against a third woman.

Banks was arrested last year on charges he restrained, threatened and raped the women. Wednesday's plea deal came after a mistrial was declared last month when one of the women lied on the witness stand.

Banks had said during his arraignment that he had a drug problem in New York and came to the area to better himself.

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