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Match.com litigant reveals identity on 'GMA'

April 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on Match.com revealed her identity on national television Tuesday.

Carole Markin previously spoke to Eyewitness News but asked for her identity to be protected. Tuesday, she revealed herself on "Good Morning America."

Eyewitness News first told you about the woman who a took a stand against Match.com last week. At that time, she would only be identified as "Jane Doe." Tuesday she spoke out about the dating site's recent decision to screen its members against a sex-offender database, and for the first time she revealed her name and her face to world.

When she first spoke to Eyewitness News, she was so traumatized, she wanted to hide her identity. She says she went on a second date with Alan Wurtzel, a man she met through Match.com. It was going well until Wurtzel accompanied her to her to home.

"I opened the door and then he went straight into the bathroom, and then he came out of the bathroom and he jumped me," she said.

Tuesday morning on "GMA," Carole Markin was ready to reveal her identity.

"I just didn't expect that there would be somebody with a criminal background on the service," said Markin.

Markin says after the alleged sexual assault, she "Googled" Wurtzel's name and discovered he'd been convicted of several counts of sexual battery. She decided to sue the dating site.

"What we're asking for is that when somebody uses their credit card to pay, that they basically run the name through a federal sex-offender databank," said Markin's attorney, Mark L. Webb.

Match.com has now agreed to run its members names through such a database, although the company cautions that members need to take measures to protect themselves.

Wurtzel was arrested and charged with two felony counts of sexual assault. His attorney questions whether an assault even took place.

"What actually went on, which is consensual sexual encounter between two consenting adults who went on a second date and went back up to her apartment," said Wurtzel's defense attorney, Sharon Morris.

Markin says she wasn't after money, she just wanted changes to the dating site.

"I wanted to come forward and speak for the other 'Jane Does' and 'Joe Blows' who've been abused by sexual predators, and give them courage to do something for themselves," said Markin.

Markin says so far, no one from Match.com has reached out to her. She says therapy is helping her deal with her trauma.

In a strange side note, Markin is the author of two books about bad dating experiences. She says she has no plans to write more books on the subject.

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