Mother dating sex offender
Within months, Match’s lawyers told the judge that “a screening process has been initiated,” records show.After the settlement, the company’s attorneys declared the site was “checking subscribers against state and national sex offender registries.” The next year, Match made similar assurances to then–California Attorney General Kamala Harris.His dating app profile said he wanted “to find someone to marry.”Deveau had used dating websites for years, but she told her adult daughter the men she met were “dorky.” She joked about how she could get “catfished” if a date looked nothing like his picture. The two were — in the popular dating platform’s jargon — “matched.”A background check would have revealed that Papamechail was a three-time convicted rapist.It would have shown that Massachusetts designated him a dangerous registered sex offender.Match first agreed to screen for registered sex offenders in 2011 after Carole Markin made it her mission to improve its safety practices.The site had connected her with a six-time convicted rapist who, she told police, had raped her on their second date.
In 2017, Tinder matched Massachusetts registered sex offender Michael Durgin with a woman, and she later told police he had raped her on their first date; Durgin’s two rape charges were dropped after the woman “indicated that she does not wish for the Commonwealth to proceed to trial,” records show.Most victims, almost all women, met their male attackers through Tinder, Ok Cupid, Plenty of Fish, or Match. In 10% of the incidents, dating platforms matched their users with someone who had been accused or convicted of sexual assault at least once, the analysis found.Only a fraction of these cases involved a registered sex offender.It puts responsibility for policing its users on users themselves.