Dating site for police officers
“It’s the dark side of the business, but it’s the truth.” Indeed, in Prince George’s County, a trial is pending against a 24-year-old man accused in two rapes at gunpoint of women he met online in 2014. Few details of Messerschmitt’s personal life have been released publicly by police, and a family spokesman declined to comment.“I have lost everything,” Messerschmitt’s wife, Kim Vuong, said earlier, “my husband and my best friend.” The roots of online dating go back to the mid-1990s.
“You will have a person say, ‘They came into my room and took my laptop.’ And you can tell you’re only getting half of the story.
But you can’t force the whole story from them if they don’t want to give it,” said De Coster, who investigates sex crimes. But police and online dating experts point out that Craigslist personals ads are, in many ways, simply an extension of those in print publications.
Users could look for mates in their immediate area — around the corner at a Starbucks, for instance. Later, when West was at the Hard Times Cafe in Springfield, Va., shooting pool with two friends, he was spending so much time messaging Smith that one of his friends grabbed the phone and wrote to Smith: “Just come out and meet us.” Smith was just getting off work in the District and decided to go.
Companies like Grindr, Hornet, Scruff and Jack’d were designed for men looking to meet men. He worked for a federal law enforcement agency in the District, lived in Annapolis and had just come out of a relationship. He did, giving himself the screen name “Copster” and posting a casual photo of himself at a restaurant with a female friend. A message popped up — “Howdy” — from a guy who’d taken an informal selfie and went by a name that evoked his previous career in the Air Force: “Flyboyndel.” Seemed harmless enough to Smith, who responded over a platform similar to a text message. After arriving, he took a seat at the downstairs bar and ordered a Miller Lite.
Ken Penrod, a longtime Montgomery County detective who has worked the robbery, homicide and vice beats.