FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MyMatchChecker.com today issued the following statement regarding the expected Match.com status hearing scheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time:
Match.com is believed to be screening members through the federal, state and local Sex Offenders Registry but it's not enough because the vast majority -- up to 90 percent -- of sexual assault cases are plea-bargained and do not result in a mandate to register with the Sex Offenders Registry.
Following a lawsuit brought against it by sexual assault victim Carole Markin, Match.com issued a statement in April that it would begin screening members through the Sex Offenders Registry within 90 days. On August 19 at 2:30 p.m. in L.A. County Superior Court, Match.com will be asked whether or not it has instituted the screening.
Meanwhile, a Maryland woman has been reported missing after vacationing with a man she met on Match.com in early August. It has been reported that two women had taken out orders of protection against the man, including one by his ex-wife during their divorce.
"The only way for online daters to protect themselves is to conduct a thorough background check. A comprehensive background check includes national, state, local criminal databases and will reveal any arrests and convictions," explains Andy Scott, a 30-year law enforcement veteran and co-founder of MyMatchChecker.com, which specializes in background checks for online dating community.
"Online dating sites must be socially responsible and offer their members the ability to run CRIMINAL background checks through a non-biased, third-party company directly from their website," adds Scott, "Asserting that Sex Offender Registry checks will increase the security of an online dater is misleading to the public. Only a criminal background check provides a comprehensive view of someone's criminal history."
MyMatchChecker was founded by two retired, ranking police executives, Andrew Scott and Robert Buchholz. Keeping their families safe and keeping the public safe are their life's work. Robert Buchholz is a retired New York State Police Captain and former Albany County (NY) Undersheriff. Andrew Scott is a retired Chief of the Boca Raton (FL) Police Department and former Assistant Chief of the North Miami Beach (FL) Police Department. Both proudly served their respective communities for over 30 years each. Robert Buchholz and Andrew Scott continue to be actively involved in law enforcement based upon their affiliation with various national, state and local law enforcement associations including the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP).