Police: Woman raped by man she met on dating website

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly choking and raping a woman he met on an online dating site, police say.

Covington police have arrested Ricky Bates, 32, on one count of forcible rape.

Officers say that the victim reported meeting Bates through an online dating site and communicating with him through text messages. The victim says she agreed to meet with Bates, who picked her up and brought her to his residence.

The victim tells police that Bates attempted to have intercourse with her at his residence. When she refused, the victim states she was held down and raped.

The victim alleges that she was choked to the point that she began to lose consciousness. Following the incident, Bates reportedly forced the victim to shower and destroy evidence of the crime.

She was eventually able to escape the residence and was picked up by a friend, police say.

Bates turned himself in to police Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was booked and transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

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