Hollywood Producer Wants Match.com To Ban Sex Offenders

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a man she met through a popular online dating website wants a federal judge to force the service to implement better screening procedures before accepting any new clients.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore Reports

Attorneys for TV and film producer Carole Markin, 53, of Hollywood, filed a request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in Los Angeles Superior Court last month to speed Match.com’s promised implementation of sexual predator screening. Match.com then had the hearing moved to federal court in Los Angeles.

Markin’s attorney, Mark L. Webb, says he has subpoenaed his client and her alleged assailant, Alan Paul Wurtzel, as well as Match.com president Mandy Ginsberg to testify at today’s hearing before U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.

“The issue of sex offender screening has never before been presented to a court,” Webb said. “Because Match.com moved this case to federal court, we now have the extraordinary opportunity of obtaining a federal guideline by which to measure sex offender screening in online dating services.”

Officials at Match.com said the company would begin cross-referencing members against the National Sex Offender Registry, a process which Webb contends could take months to implement.

Markin says she met 67-year-old Wurtzel on Match.com in 2010, and that, after they went out twice, he raped her in her apartment.

Afterward, the woman checked up on Wurtzel, and found out he had previous sexual battery convictions, according to Webb.

Wurtzel has been charged and is awaiting trial. His attorney, Sharon Morris, says that Wurtzel and Markin had a “consensual encounter.”

Markin, who was initially identified in court papers as “Jane Doe,” said she went public with a series of media appearances last month because, “I want to prevent something like this happening to another woman.”

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  • diosdado

    Isn’t she old enough to know what she is getting into?

  • PhDsexEducator

    Sex offender lists include, for example, consenting high school boy and girl friends who are in love and showed it.

    Those happy loving kids will FOREVER be on the sex offender registry.

    I’m a Ph.D. sexuality educator—not EVERY person on the registry is the kind of
    person that YOU would think should be punished for life.
    If your 17 year old had sex with their loving 17 year old partner—and if the age of consent in your state is 18—they ARE OFFENDERS…and if added to the list–wil be wearing the burden of their….crime????…FOREVER.

    NOT fair—YOU probably had sex before you were 18….50% of kids do nowadays.

    THINK of the MILLIONS of dates that have gone WELL!!

    • Karen

      PhD – I’m a legal professional and completely agree with you. I hope our legislature gets smart and changes the laws. It’s hard because parents are so damn clueless.

      With respect to this tv producer, WHAT A LOSER! I hope she does not produce reality shows. Her contestants could include unsavory characters. She can’t even do a background check for herself.

      She’s mad that she did not make a love connection and wants to punish the guy because he was not that into her. WHAT A LOSER!

  • HllyWD Rpt

    Carole Markin doesn’t sound to bright, comon sense would have been a good start.

  • Tanya

    Wow, HllyWD Rpt, Karen and Dios, you are an awful bunch. Blame the woman for getting raped? Rape is a crime of power and is inexcusable. There is never any justification for it. And PhD, perhaps you missed the part where he had multiple convictions for sexual battery, that is very different from a 16 and an 18 year old getting it on. Someone who is a violent sexual predator/ sex offender should not be prowling a dating site looking for victims.

  • LaLa

    If she was on the computer looking for love, why couldn’t she use that same computer to conduct a background check? Most of this info. especially for sex offenders is online for FREE. While I do not condone rape nor think she is at fault, whether you met the man online, at church or ii the gym, why would you have someone in your apartment after only two dates? What can two dates possibly tell you about someone/their character? If she had met him on the streets & took him to her apartment after 2 days who would have to do the background checks then? Next people are going to require that dating sites tell you if the person is married, have bad credit, etc etc. The internet or use of a service does not negate our personal responsibility & I don’t understand how peopel can be so lax when it comes to personal safety when they know what kind of world we live in. When will we start taking responsibility for our own actions??

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