According to court records, she told the 911 dispatcher, Deveau "a man was trying to rape her and had threatened her." The call ended with her saying, "He’s coming."Given a lack of official statistics and studies, CJI conducted a non-scientific survey of 1,200 women, finding that a third of them said they were sexually assaulted by someone they met on a dating app. CJI also examined 150 sexual assaults involving dating apps—culled from news reports, lawsuits, and criminal records—finding that "most incidents occurred in the past five years and during the app users’ first in-person meeting, in parking lots, apartments and dorm rooms.
In a statement to Pro Publica, a Plentyof Fish spokesperson said the company "does not conduct criminal background or identity verification checks on its users or otherwise inquire into the background of its users."That gap allowed Susan Deveau to meet Mark Papamechail, both in their early fifties, in late 2016.Under New Jersey law, before community notification takes place, offenders receive a final classification order from the court following the opportunity for a hearing.The Attorney General Guidelines for Law Enforcement for the Implementation of Sex Offender Registration can be obtained from the Division of Criminal Justice web site at for more information on the registration, assessment and community notification procedures.The sex offender Internet registry law can be found in the New Jersey Code at 2C:7-12 to -19.This information is being made available on the Internet to facilitate public access to information about persons who have committed a sex offense, to enable you to take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and those in your care from possible harm.This sex offender Internet registry includes information pertaining to sex offenders determined to pose a relatively high risk of re-offense (tier 3 offenders) and, with certain exceptions, information about sex offenders found to pose a moderate risk of re-offense (tier 2 offenders).The Internet registry excludes any information about offenders determined to present a low risk of re-offense (tier 1 offenders).The Division of State Police, working in conjunction with the "Megan's Law" Units in each County Prosecutor's Office, verifies and updates this information regularly, to try to assure that it is complete and correct.Address information is supplied by the municipal police departments and County Prosecutors to the Division of State Police for inclusion in this website.By the time Plentyof Fish matched him with Deveau, Papamechail’s heightened status meant he would have already appeared on the state’s sex offender registry—something that Plentyof Fish didn’t check, the company confirms. They met in person; she went to his apartment twice.At the time, Deveau, a recovering alcoholic, was living in a sober house near Papamechail’s home. The third time the two met, Papamechail forced himself on her, and Deveau called the police.