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Match.com, which is part of IAC and has offices on the Sunset Strip, has announced that they will begin screening members against the National Sex Offender Registry. The move comes after serious media pressure was put on the company in the last two weeks by a local woman who said that she was raped after meeting a man via the service.

Alan Wurtzel

As we previously reported, the woman, who wishes to remain unidentified, met the alleged perpetrator, Alan Paul Wurtzel, for a first date at Urth Caffe here in West Hollywood. After she was sexually assaulted, she said she was shocked to find out that he was a known sexual offender.

The woman, via her attorney, contacted media outlets over the last two weeks, including Weho Daily, to tell her story in order to pressure Match.com to do more to screen members. That pressure was apparently successful.

Mandy Ginsberg, president of Match.com, told The Associated Press in a statement that the company has avoided the move for years because of the unreliability of the database, but after looking at recent improvements has decided to start screening both current and new subscribers.

She did stress in the statement that the checks “remain highly flawed” and that users of the dating service should not have a false sense of security.

See our previous report for more background on this story.

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