Palisades Man Pleads No Contest to Sexually Assaulting Woman He Met On

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Pacific Palisades man pleaded no contest Wednesday to sexually assaulting a woman he met through the website

Alan Paul Wurtzel, 67, is facing 365 days in jail, five years of probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender when he is sentenced Sept. 19 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson, according to Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton.

A second count — forcible oral copulation — is expected to be dismissed after he is sentenced on the charge of sexual battery by restraint.

Wurtzel and the woman went out twice in 2010 and he sexually assaulted her after following her into her residence and holding her down after their second date, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Afterward, Carole Markin did an Internet check on Wurtzel, finding he had sexual battery convictions, according to her attorney, Mark L. Webb.

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

She filed a lawsuit against the Internet dating site in April.

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