Mobile Dating Site Tinder at Center of Alleged Rape

BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) - One of the newer dating websites which uses GPS to track potential meet-up’s is the center of a Baton Rouge rape investigation.

A woman living near Louisiana State University says she met 22-year-old Jacob Witz on Tinder who police arrested for raping her inside the victim’s apartment.

“Tinder is kind of the new generation dating site,” says Gambel Communication’s Veronica Ridgley who routinely advocates for on-line dating safety. “Do not turn a blind eye to your gut instinct.”

The alleged rape victim told police Witz became very aggressive when they were kissing in her bedroom.

The police report shows after the sexual assault, Witz watched while making the victim take a bath and delete his text messages.

In fairness to Tinder, Ridgley says the victim in Baton Rouge broke a cardinal rule which applies to all dating websites, which is meeting at home, “Never give out your residential information. Even your apartment information. Meet them in a public place.”

“It’s fairly new. I just heard about it,” says 22-year-old Jodi Scaffidi about Tinder. “It will immediately show where people are located at that specific time.”

Scaffidi says regardless of which on-line dating site, safety rules must always be applied, “I have to talk about somebody for a period of time before I’m comfortable meeting them. I let people know where I’m at just to make sure.”

“Do your research and back ground this person,” say Ridgley. Even do a quick google search of them. You can never be too safe.”

Witz was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish prison on one count of forcible rape with bail set at $35,000.

“Tinder can be OK if you play it safe. Proceed with caution on that.”