Serial rapist used dating website to find victims
A British man was found guilty yesterday of raping and assaulting women he met through the popular dating website Match.com.
Jason Lawrance (50) was accused of using the website to make contact with seven divorced or widowed women and then arranging to meet them in person, having persuaded them to move their online conversations away from the Match.com messaging system.
When he met them in person, he raped, tried to rape or sexually assaulted his victims who came from all over Britain.
Lawrance met all his victims through Match.com, which he had joined in 2009.
Police said they believed he had contacted several thousand women over the next five years, a number of whom he might have met in person.
He raped his first victim in 2011 having previously met her a few times.
He tricked her into getting into a van, took her to a dark country lane and then attacked her.
Other victims were raped or attacked in hotel rooms or their own homes.
Lawrance was convicted at Derby Crown Court in England of five counts of rape, one attempted rape and one sexual assault. He will be sentenced today.