Texas man, 19, is arrested for ‘sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a grocery store parking lot after they matched on dating app Bumble’
- Patrick Merritt Dwyer, 19, is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on January 21
- The pair matched several weeks prior on the dating app, Bumble, where the girl told Dwyer that she was underage
- Dwyer was arrested Wednesday and is facing a charge of sexual assault of a child
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Patrick Merritt Dwyer was arrested in San Antonio Wednesday, after the alleged victim, who is aged 14, contacted police
A 19-year-old man has been accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl he met through the dating app Bumble.
Patrick Merritt Dwyer was arrested in San Antonio Wednesday, after the alleged victim, who is aged 14, contacted police.
Dwyer and the minor connected on Bumble in early January, and began exchanging messages.
NEWS4SA reports that the alleged victim told Dwyer that she was 14, before he admitted to being five years older.
The pair continued to chat, and later connected on other social media apps, before arranging an in-person meeting.
On January 21, Dwyer picked up the girl from an undisclosed location and the pair drove around San Antonio together.
According to the girl, Dwyer then allegedly pulled in to a grocery store parking lot before he sexually assaulted her.
The girl told police that she continued to chat with Dwyer on several apps, and the pair met up on multiple occasions following the alleged assault.
Dwyer is now facing a charge of sexual assault of a child.
Bumble is restricted to users aged 18 and above, but many minors have managed to access the app by lying about their date of birth.
Back in January, the U.S. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy launched an investigation into several dating apps for allegedly allowing minors to use their services
Back in January, the U.S. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy launched an investigation into several dating apps for allegedly allowing minors to use their services.
Bumble, along with apps including Grindr, Tinder and OkCupid were named as apps that would be looked at.
In letters sent to the parent companies of such apps, the subcommittee sought information on users’ ages, procedures for verifying ages, and any complaints about assaults, rape or the use of the services by minors.
The letters also asked for the services’ privacy policies and details on what users see when they review and agree to the policies.
The investigation is still on going.