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Dating Site Will Screen Out Sex Offenders

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The online dating Web site Match.com has settled a California lawsuit by agreeing to screen known sex offenders from membership.

The suit, filed by screenwriter Carole Markin, placed a spotlight on the perils of computer-generated dating, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Markin, 54, was attacked on a second date with a Pacific Palisades man who had at least six previous sex offenses.

Alan Paul Wurtzel, 67, who pleaded no contest to sexual battery last week, faces a year in jail and five years’ probation at his sentencing scheduled Sept. 19.

Markin’s suit was originally filed under the name Jane Doe.

She did not seek monetary compensation and agreed to forgo any future claims against Match.com.

Match.com attorney Mark Webb said the company has no legal obligation to conduct security checks but he believes the technological advancements of recent years “enables a sufficient degree of accuracy to implement this measure.”

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