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PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA // With as many as 40 million single Americans using online dating services or web-networking sites such as My Space to look for love, it would seem that there has never been an easier time to find a soulmate online.
But experts, law enforcement officials and private investigators warn that the world of internet romance is fraught with peril, ranging from liars to sexual predators and even murderers, who hide their motives behind seemingly innocuous virtual identities.
The woman said she was confident in choosing a public location at a local outdoor festival.“I figured – yes – we can meet for coffee that seems safe enough.”After grabbing hot chocolates, he asked her to join him in his car to warm up.“It was really cold -30 or something… The date then took a horrible turn.“We were talking for a little bit and all of a sudden he was fumbling around with clothing and all of a sudden I kept saying no.”“At the end he had said very clearly that I was not a virgin anymore.”The woman says the man manipulated her by saying he shared common interests like her Christian faith.
Plenty of Fish refused to comment on the incident, or go into detail on the sites protocols on sexual assault.