UK: Dating app ‘catfish’ leaves victim “humiliated and vulnerable”

[ – 6/2/20 – Bizarre way to get on the registry]

A 26-year-old man has become a registered sex offender after he faked a profile to pose as a real woman, so that he could get sexual attention from others on a dating app.

First-time offender, _____ was sentenced to 180 hours’ community service, accompanied by an 18-month probation order, and made to pay £5,000 in compensation to his victim, who said his actions left her feeling “humiliated and vulnerable.”

The 26-year-old appeared before the Magistrate’s Court via video link.

Legal Adviser Simon Crowder, prosecuting, summarised the details of the case for the Court.

Pictured: The offences relate to the fake profile made by the defendant to pose as a real woman.

He explained that the victim was first made aware of ____’s offending when she came across an unsent email in her outbox, containing around 50 “private” photographs of herself, which was addressed to the defendant.

Later on that day, Mr Crowder said that the victim received messages on Facebook from a man and woman whom she didn’t know.

They were messaging her with a level of familiarity she didn’t understand, so when she enquired further, it became apparent they thought she was the same person they’d been speaking to on the dating app ‘Tinder’.

However, the prosecutor stated that the victim “does not have a Tinder account” and therefore “somebody had obviously made a profile with her details and was actively using it.”

It transpired that ______ was responsible for the Tinder account, and that he’d had to make a fake Facebook account with her details in order to make the dating profile.

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“A 26-year-old man has become a registered sex offender after he faked a profile to pose as a real woman, so that he could get sexual attention from others on a dating app.”. This came to my mind, however, let me re-write it in the context from above: A police officer faked a profile to pose as a real child, so that he could get sexual attention from others on a dating app. Should cops be put the sex offender registry for the same thing?