Man Who Raped, Kidnapped Woman He Met Online Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

A man who raped and kidnapped a woman he met on a dating website will spend the next 17 years behind bars, prosecutors announced.

Kenneth Washington will also spend 20 years under post-release supervision after he was convicted of several crimes including rape and unlawful imprisonment in the rape and kidnapping of a woman he met on the site in 2014.

"This defendant used the Internet to prey on a woman who was searching for romance," said Bronx DA Darcel Clark. "He sexually assaulted her and stole her car. This case is a warning to use caution on dating websites, where people may not be what they seem."

Authorities said that Washington met his victim on the site on Oct. 9, 2014 and met up for at least one date.

On a later meeting, on Oct. 15, authorities said that the Washington took her to an apartment on Walton Avenue in the Grand Concourse neighborhood, then took her rental car to get another woman.

When he returned several hours later, Washington sexually assaulted and raped the woman. He then forced her to get into a car and drove around while the second woman restrained her.

Washington threatened the woman several times before she was able to jump from the moving car and call 911.

Washington was arrested several days later when he hit a pedestrian and crashed into a scaffolding on Grand Concourse while driving drunk in the woman’s rental car.

He tried to run away from the scene, but was held by people in a subway until police got to the scene.

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