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"He had a history of crimes against women."Reed's rap sheet included several offenses, including two counts of aggravated stalking, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and illegal weapon possession — details he left out of his dating profile.Plenty of Fish spokeswoman Shannon Smith said the company is cooperating with authorities."At Plenty of Fish, we care deeply about our community, and are disturbed by this senseless act of violence," said Shannon Smith, spokesperson for Plenty of Fish.Police believe Reed asphyxiated Mckelvey and tried to burn the house down.
We-Consent does not serve as a dating platform, as users do not meet new people through the app.
"We support bringing this case to justice."Authorities said dating apps were the common thread for a pair of serial rapists who were convicted last year.
Joshua Humphrey, 35, and Larry Stiff, 32, are believed to be responsible for as many as 28 reported rapes, according to prosecutors.
Companies who fail to conduct a background check or disclose information such as prior arrests can possibly be held liable for illegal acts committed through their platform, said Maureen Mapp, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham Law School in the United Kingdom."Culpability for criminal offenses by a company would depend on the extent to which they provide the opportunity for the crime to be committed," Mapp said.
In 2011, a Los Angeles woman sued for negligence after she was sexually assaulted by another user.
"Trust your gut and always let trusted friends know of your plans with a person you met online," Shaw said.