Man charged with raping woman he met through Facebook


ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – A St. Louis man has been charged with raping a woman after meeting her through a Facebook dating feature. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 22-year-old Bennard Howard III is jailed in St. Charles County on $250,000 cash bail on one count of rape and two counts of first-degree sodomy. Police said Howard communicated with the woman via social media and in text messages for about three weeks before the two agreed to meet for lunch. Police said when Howard came to the woman’s St. Charles apartment last Thursday to pick her up, he forced his way into the apartment.

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