Online dating sites can lead to love — or danger In some cases, online dating can lead to marriage. In other cases, it can lead to disaster. Through the platform, she met year-old David Reed. Today, Reed is facing a charge of open murder and attempted arson in her death. According to police, Reed smothered Mckelvey, then tried to burn the house down. Anyone that met her, liked her.
She just had a big heart full of gold. But authorities warn that as online dating sites grow in popularity, so do the risks. While the Mckelvey case is extreme, it's the latest example of violence stemming from online dating apps: In , two Muskegon men were convicted on charges related to the rapes of multiple women that occurred in They lured most of the women through online dating platforms and social media sites.
There have been three reported cases of sexual assault by people who had met on an online dating platform on Wayne State University's campus since the beginning of the fall semester — two cases involved the use of Tinder and one involved Plenty of Fish, said Wayne State University Police Lt. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said he advises people to be cautious when it comes to online dating. And it isn't just the younger crowd: Many people find lasting relationships.
Canton resident and U. Kathleen Galligan, Detroit Free Press Eggleston said he is not fond of the stigma surrounding the use of dating sites. He added that when used correctly, dating sites are a tool. Detroit Free Press "When people asked how I met my wife, I used to have a small sense of embarrassment when telling them it was through a dating site," Eggleston said.
So Jacob and Mckelvey's sister-in-law decided to stop at Mckelvey's house to check on her. What they found still haunts her. Mckelvey was dead, a natural gas line was turned on and candles were burning throughout the dwelling on Southhampton Avenue.
Police believe Reed asphyxiated Mckelvey and tried to burn the house down. The home on South Hampton in Flint where Ranee Mckelvey, 53, was living when year-old David Reed, according to police, smothered Mckelvey, then tried to burn the house down. Jacob said she doesn't blame the dating app for what happened. She said the fault lies with the justice system. Plenty of Fish spokeswoman Shannon Smith said the company is cooperating with authorities.
Joshua Humphrey, 35, and Larry Stiff, 32, are believed to be responsible for as many as 28 reported rapes, according to prosecutors. Humphrey would contact a woman through Tinder, Plenty of Fish and other websites and convinced her to meet at a local bar, where Stiff would be waiting to drug her drink.
Tinder did not respond to the Free Press' request for an interview. He brought Larry into the case later. Companies who fail to conduct a background check or disclose information such as prior arrests can possibly be held liable for illegal acts committed through their platform, said Maureen Mapp, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham Law School in the United Kingdom.
In , a Los Angeles woman sued match. The case was settled out of court and led match. At Wayne State University, none of the victims who were sexually assaulted after meeting people through online dating sites wanted to pursue charges, said Wayne State University Police Lt.
Scott added that he fears many other cases of sexual assault — especially ones involving online dating sites — go unreported because victims feel embarrassed. He urged students who are sexually assaulted to report it to police immediately. We-Consent, an app developed by the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence, allows users to document agreements for sexual acts through the app.
We-Consent does not serve as a dating platform, as users do not meet new people through the app. Partner 1 is then required to videotape Partner 2 agreeing to engage in sexual relations. The media is then double-encrypted and stored in a server.
This app is geared toward abuse victims — through Guardrail, survivors have the ability to document a case of sexual assault or domestic violence. Once the app is opened, users are asked a series of questions regarding the nature of the incident they are reporting and their responses are video-recorded. The media is then double-encrypted similarly to We-Consent.
Lissack said his organization allows only law enforcement to gain access to those videos. He added that it is not ideal to expect victims of sexual abuse to get in contact with police immediately after an incident, as many are going through severe stress and trauma. Lissack described Guardrail as a gatekeeper of allegations until the victim is ready to report it to police and the recordings are needed for legal purposes.
However, Mapp, the University of Birmingham lecturer, said there are several factors which may diminish the legal validity of an agreement for sex through the Internet. Download the WZZM 13 app now. Have a news tip?