Friday, May 13, 2016

Georgia woman, 26, sues dating website OkCupid after being set up with a RAPIST

By Myriah Towner and Zoe Szathmary For Dailymail.com
Published 13:33 EST, 12 May 2016
  • Devin Richard Hartman, of Mableton, Georgia, used the name 'Zach Anderson' on an OkCupid account
  • Woman, 26, connected with Hartman and met with him in June 2014
  • She told investigators she remembered having six beers before blacking out and waking up on her doorstep without items including her underwear
  • Hospital exam determined she had been sexually assaulted; Hartman was charged with rape and aggravated sodomy
  • Hartman was convicted in December; he is serving two consecutive life sentences
Devin Richard Hartman (seen left following the 2014 arrest and right in 2016)
used an alias on OkCupid and was convicted of rape and aggravated sodomy
OkCupid is being sued by a woman who was raped by a man she knew from the website.

Devin Richard Hartman, of Mableton, Georgia, used the name 'Zach Anderson' on an OkCupid account, and met up in June 2014 with a 26-year-old woman who he met on the website.

The woman reported having six beers while with him at a bar before later waking up on her doorstep without her keys, cell phone or underwear, and believes she was also drugged.

An exam conducted the day after they met determined she had been sexually assaulted, and Hartman was charged with rape and aggravated sodomy.

While she was at Grady Memorial Hospital where she had the exam, drugs were not found in her system, however, police said drugs could have been out of her system by the time of the screening, according to the AJC.

The woman's lawsuit, the AJC reported on Wednesday, claims that 'OkCupid defendants failed to exercise reasonable care in operating its website, monitoring users, screening users, and acting on reports of rape and sexual assault.'

The woman and Hartman met on June 20, 2014, at TAP bar in Midtown Atlanta, and she was under the impression that she was meeting with Zach Anderson.

The woman told investigators she had drinks with Hartman before her date dropped her off at her car.

She later blacked out and woke up on the doorstep of her Brookhaven home.

The next day, she went to Grady Memorial Hospital where she took an exam that determined she had been sexually assaulted.

Police were able to link Hartman via phone records and DNA evidence, according to My Fox Atlanta. He was arrested on March 2, 2015.

Hartman was accused of rape by another four women testifying in his trial, MyAJC reported.

Convicted in December, he is now serving two consecutive life sentences, the website said.

'The suit alleges that OkCupid.com and its parent companies should have known Hartman was a predator and should not have permitted him to use the site,' MyAJC.com wrote.

OkCupid did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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