After a jury unanimously found Lawrance guilty of five counts of rape, one attempted rape and one attempted sexual assault, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC asked prosecutors: “Is there any form of supervision on the use of dating sites?
Chief Inspector Allison Rigby, of Derbyshire Police, said: “Only Jason Lawrance will know how many people he has sexually assaulted.Derby Crown Court heard that four of his victims complained to Match.com, and one woman was told administrators of the site could not do anything because he had not sent abusive messages through the site.One victim said: "I asked them to please put a notice on the system that this is a banned user. They didn't seem to give a damn." Lawrance attacked women in Crick, Northants; Lincolnshire; Buxton, Derbys; St Ives, Cambs; twice in Leicestershire and finally another attack in Derbyshire.Lawrance, who targeted widows and divorcees, used the profile names Keep It Straight Today and Straight Man Looking to stay in touch with dozens of women at a time.He tricked his victims into contacting him via private email addresses by telling them he was having trouble uploading his picture onto his online profile.It made it harder for the website to monitor his behaviour.
His victims were terrified to contact police because they believed 17-stone Lawrance would harm them or their children if they did.
He was arrested after a friend of a woman who was raped at her home in Derbyshire in November 2014 went to police.
It is possible there are others out there.” Internet dating is one of the biggest societal changes of recent years.
More than nine million Britons are reported to have logged onto dating websites looking for a partner and one in five new relationships in Britain reportedly starts online.
Ch Insp Rigby urged all dating sites to review whether they had a “robust process” in place for dealing with complaints that enabled them to remove clients in a “timely manner” if problems were reported.
Father-of-three Lawrance, described by police as a “sexual predator”, attacked women all over central England and committed three of the sex attacks months after marrying a woman he met on