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Man charged with sexually assaulting woman he met on dating app

Police said they were supposed to go to a restaurant, but he took her to his home

Montgomery County police say a Laytonsville-area man sexually assaulted a woman after meeting her on a dating application and inviting her to dinner.

Joseph Holland, 34, of the 24100 block of Woodfield Road, drove to the victim’s home on March 20, police said in a press release on Tuesday.

Instead of taking her to a restaurant, he took her to his home and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Police said the woman then left the home and flagged down a passing motorist, who helped her call 911.

Holland was arrested on a warrant Friday, police said. He has been charged with one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree assault and third-degree sex offense, according to state court records. He is due in court April 23.

Kush Arora, a Rockville attorney who represents Holland, told Bethesda Beat on Tuesday that it’s “still early” in the case, but his client intends to plead not guilty.

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