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MCSO: Sexual Predator Lured Victims on Craigslist

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man on accusations that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted at least two people, AZfamily.com reports.

Lee Charles Lubonne, a father of two, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. According to authorities, Lubonne used Craigslist to lure his victims.

Lubonne allegedly posted job ads on Craigslist and other sites claiming he had a position open. Sarah Walker, one of Lubonne’s alleged victims, was lured in by the promise of work as a photographer.

On Saturday, Walker went to Lubonne’s home for a supposed photo shoot. Lubonne allegedly drugged Walker then sexually assaulted her.

“I started to feel the effects of something that he put in the water,” Walker said. “He threw me over his shoulder and took me into his bedroom and I was in there for about two hours … He had a whole bag of basically torture devices and I was scared for my life.”

Walker eventually escaped after telling Lubonne that her ankle monitor, from a previous charge, was going to go off soon. Upon searching Lubonne’s home, police found hard drives in a locked safe, recording devices in multiple rooms, prescription pills, and women’s possessions they believe Lubonne kept as souvenirs.

Authorities have linked Lubonne with the rape of a 15-year-old girl that happened in March. Lubonne reportedly found the girl’s babysitting ad on Craigslist.

Under Arizona’s Criminal Code, a person commits sexual assault by knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sex with any person without the person’s consent. Sexual assault is a class 2 felony and is punishable by 5-1/4 to 14 years in prison. If the defendant drugged the victim, three additional years may be added to the sentence in certain circumstances.

Lee Charles Lubonne is currently being held without bail. If he’s convicted of the charges against him he could be facing a prison term of several decades.

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