Woman Says She was Raped by Match.com Date

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The popular online dating site Match.com could be in legal trouble after claims by one of its members that she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on the site.

Like millions of others, the California women was looking for love online. She's an Ivy League graduate who works in television and film, but is now too afraid to show her face on camera.

The woman said she met Alan Wurtzel on the dating site, and never would've thought she was "going out with a criminal."

"He told me about how he took care of his mother, he took care of his sister," she recalled. "He said all these things that made him sound like a nice guy."

But that nice guy persona took a turn for the worse on their second date.

"I got out of the car and he got out of his side and he followed me into the building. (We) went up the elevator. We walked to the front door. I opened the door and then he went straight into the bathroom... then he came out of the bathroom and he jumped me."

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was going out with a criminal," the woman said.

Felony charges are pending against Wurtzel, but his attorney Sharon Morris claims nothing criminal happened.

"What actually went on is a consensual sexual encounter between two consenting adults who went on a second date and went back up to her apartment," Morris said.

The woman said she did some digging and discovered Wurtzel had been previously convicted of several counts of sexual battery.

"What we're asking for is that when somebody uses their credit card to pay that they basically run the name through a federal sex offender database," said the woman's attorney, Mark Webb.

But Match.com says that's an unrealistic request.

"It's impossible for a company with a million subscribers and over 10 million members to do a thorough and complete background search on people," Match.com attorney Robert Platt explained. "And of course Match.com doesn't want to give a false sense of security."

The lawsuit also asks for a temporary restraining order to stop the site from adding any new members until it starts screening for sexual predators.

"You'd have to ask for people's social security numbers, which we don't want to do, and of course you'd have to pass on the cost to the consumer of doing this," Platt added.

The company points to an agreement on their website warning members about potential dangers and explaining Match.com is not liable if something happens.

The site also stresses online safety, telling members to guard their identity and not give out personal info like addresses in the early stages of online dating.

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