A California woman has filed a lawsuit against the online dating website Match.com after claiming to be sexually assaulted by a man she met on the website. The woman claims that match.com failed to look into the background of the man before allowing him to use the dating website.
Following the alleged attack, the woman conducted her own search over the Internet and found that the man had six convictions for sexual battery in Los Angeles County.
Match.com has stated that it will begin checking members’ names against the National Sex Offender Registry. However, Match.com reminds all users that these checks, while helpful, are not 100 percent fool proof, and that members should always use their best judgment and common sense when meeting with people that they meet online.
The man accused of the sexual assault pled not guilty to two felonies. He claims that the sexual conduct was mutual.
The lawsuit against Match.com was originally filed in state court, then removed to federal court. However, the federal court judge, questioning the woman’s standing to bring a class-action lawsuit, has since remanded the case back to state court.
A conviction for a sexual crime can carry serious, life-long consequences. If you are accused of a sex crime, speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.