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Alleged Tinder Rapist May Have More Victims, Police Say

Wyatt Dean Martin allegedly spiked victim's sweat tea with alcohol, then took her to his room where he assaulted her, police say. Three other women have since come forward with similar stories.

By Gina Tron

After a man in Utah was arrested for allegedly raping a Tinder date on Monday, other victims have come forward accusing him of similar attacks.

Wyatt Dean Martin, 21, was charged with kidnapping, rape and forcible sex abuse in Cache County on Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting that Tinder date and threatening to tie her to a bed, according to the Idaho State Journal.

The alleged attack happened on Sept. 22 after Martin invited the woman to a party at his home, Deseret News in Salt Lake City reports.

The woman said she was given a drink she thought was sweet tea, but later Martin allegedly admitted that it contained alcohol, according to a probable cause statement cited by Deseret News. She also said she had earlier been pressured into drinking a shot of whiskey. 

"The victim said that she began to feel abnormal and felt far more intoxicated than the shot of whiskey and a small drink of the sweet tea would cause," police said, according to the Deseret News. 

At some point in the night, Martin took the woman to his room where he began kissing her and at some point, she said, “no,” Deseret News reports.

"She said that he then aggressively pushed her backwards onto the bed knocking oxygen out of her lungs so she couldn't breathe," the probable cause statement says, according to Deseret News. She said she fought back until Martin grabbed a strap and allegedly threatened to tie her to the bed if she didn’t comply to his demands, according to the report.

After Martin’s Monday arrest, three other women have contacted local police with similar claims about Martin, the Idaho State Journal reports. The details of their alleged attacks have not been disclosed.

Police believe there could still be more victims and they urge anyone with information to contact Sgt. Louise Speth at the Logan Police Department at (435) 716-9491.

Martin’s bond has been listed at $66,360, according to online jail records. In addition to the sexual assault-related charges, he has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance and a restricted firearm charge. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.

[Photo: Cache County Sheriff's Office]

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