Man charged with raping woman he met on dating site

Man charged with raping woman he met on dating site

Police said he raped her while he was driving

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Montgomery County police have charged a Virginia man with raping a woman in Olney after they met on a dating site.

Police said the victim met Douglas Clifton Stewart, 35, of Burke, Va., who she knew as “Clifton,” on the dating app Aug. 22.

The next day, Stewart met the woman in a parking lot in Olney, police said in a press release on Thursday. Stewart offered to drive them to get food.

Police said while Stewart was driving, he raped the woman. Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman, told Bethesda Beat on Thursday that the car was in motion when Stewart raped the woman.

Innocenti said Maryland’s definition of rape as of Oct. 1, 2017, is “a sexual act with another by force or threat of force without the consent of the other,” which applies in this case.

When Stewart and the victim got back to the parking lot, he shoved her out of the vehicle, police said.

Police issued a warrant for Stewart’s arrest. They arrested him at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual offense.

He was taken to the Fairfax County, Va., Detention Center and will be extradited to Montgomery County.

Maryland court records were not immediately available Thursday morning.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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