Local Matchmaker Advocates Safety in Wake of Recent Assault Case

As the Tinder slogan says: "One swipe can change your life."

As one woman found out, though, from the popular dating app, that slogan doesn't always mean "for the better."

According to a police report, a 22 year-old woman had arranged a date with a man she met on Tinder. When he showed up to her door, he wasn't alone. She told police that's when she was sexually assaulted by a number of men.

The woman described one of the suspects as a man, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds with brown hair and multiple tattoos on his arms and torso. A possible name was listed as "Patrick."

Courtney Quinlan
It's a situation that deeply concerns Courtney Quinlan, president of Omaha Love - that's a match-making service that, according to Quinlan, takes pride in providing locals with a safe venue for finding love. Quinlan says this includes background checks, proper screening and about an hour-long consultation.

Quinlan says she's not against online dating sites, but she says, "There are a lot more risks when going through a site such as Tinder, than when using a match-making service because absolutely anybody with a phone or a computer or some sort of technology that can create an account, can portray themselves to be anybody that they'd like to be."

Quinlan says if you do choose to go the online dating route or arrange a date via social media, be cautious.

She says, "I would recommend always meeting someone for that first date in a public place where there's a lot of people."

She also advises you to tell a trusted friend of exactly where you'll be and who you'll be with for that initial, first date.

WOWT checked, and three of the top, online dating sites (eHarmony, Match.com and OkCupid) do not provide criminal background checks. Many of them encourage users to do their own research.

WOWT also reached out to Omaha Police for input. They provided us with a link to their online safety brochure, regarding internet safety: http://opd.ci.omaha.ne.us/images/Crime_Prev_Forms/Internet_Safety_Brochure.pdf