A Match Made in Hell
A woman speaks to INSIDE EDITION in disguise, for a good reason. She claims she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on the most popular dating website in America, match.com.
More than 10 million people use match.com in hopes of meeting that special someone.
The woman, who calls herself Jane Doe, thought she met a special man through match.com, never dreaming she could be in danger.
"I just assumed a certain level of safety," the woman told INSIDE EDITION.
After meeting on match.com, they agreed to a first date. They had coffee at a popular West Hollywood restaurant. Little did she know that the man sitting across from her was a convicted sex predator.
The man's name is Alan Wurtzel. He's been convicted six times for sexual battery against women. But on the first date, she did not know his last name.
INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret asked, "How did he seem on that first date?"
"Charming. He presented himself as coming from a prominent family," said the woman.
They agreed to meet for a second date, and this time, she says he raped her in her own home.
"I resisted as best I could, but he's about a foot taller than me and weighs about at least 100 pounds more than I do. I was afraid something terrible was going to happen to me if I didn't comply," said the woman.
She then went online and discovered the terrible truth about her date.
"The man you were set up with was convicted of six counts of sexual battery and you don't even know about it," said Moret.
"I couldn't believe I'd been out with somebody who had been to jail," said the woman.
AOL Security Advisor Regina Lewis told INSIDE EDITION, "Online dating tends to move very quickly. People find someone online, a match if you will. Then they start conversing back and forth and with that, they really think they know the person. But the reality is, you don't."
Alan Wurtzel has pleaded not guilty to the rape charge.
A lawyer for match.com said, "People sign up anonymously for these dating services. We don't have their Social Security numbers. It would create so many problems by trying to get background information on all of these people."
The company offers these safety tips for first dates:
- Always meet in public.
- Tell a friend about the date
- Bring your mobile phone
- Stay sober
The woman's lawyer, Mark Webb, is filing a civil suit against match.com, calling for a screening process to weed out sexual predators.
"If you're in the business to make money and to introduce people to each other and your business happens to be to try and promote love and matchmaking and happiness, which is the business of match.com, then there has to be some form of responsibility," said Webb.
"You don't go out on a date thinking something horrible is going to happen to you," said the woman.