Judge calls for tighter controls on internet dating sites after multiple rapist is sent to jail

It is reported (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/jason-lawrance-judge-calls-for-dating-sites-to-increase-security-after-jailing-matchcom-rapist-a6910226.html) that a Judge has called for dating sites to increase their security after jailing a man for life over the “trail of terror and agony” he left by raping several women he had met online.

Four of Jason Lawrance’s seven victims reported concerns to the dating website Match.com – including one who called him a “dangerous sexual predator”, but the company failed to remove the profiles he used to meet them and did not contact the police. After the complaints, the 50 year old property developer went on to rape three other women.

Sentencing him to life in prison with a minimum term of 12 and a half years, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC suggested that a “system of automatic referral” to the police could be set up to deal with reports of violence on such websites. However, a source at Match.com claimed that they were not legally allowed to pass on information about potential rapists to the police because it would breach the privacy rights of the person making the complaint and leave them open to being sued for defamation.

The Judge spelled out the need for action to prevent similar serial rapists using internet dating sites in this way. “The seriousness of this case provides both the need and opportunity to learn something and to take steps to increase protection for others in the future,” he said.

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