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.
Any changes in an offender’s registration must be made within three days with the law enforcement agency who has jurisdiction.
An offender who is convicted of a violation of the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act on or after July 1, 2005 is required to register every 90 days for the duration of their registration.
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."" data-reactid="13"According to a new story from Pro Publica and Columbia Journalism Investigations (CJI), many of these platforms require users to indicate that they haven't committed "a felony or indictable offense (or crime of similar severity), a sex crime, or any crime involving violence." That's from Plentyof Fish's terms of services, which also stipulates that users have to confirm that they aren’t "required to register as a sex offender with any state, federal or local sex offender registry." But there's currently no mechanism to check if users are lying.
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.
A Match Group spokesperson told CJI that since it's a paid, subscription service, the platform gathers more information from users than free apps like Tinder. And, as Match itself advertises, one in five relationships now start online." data-reactid="19"While Match makes efforts to screen its users for criminal history, that's a recent development that came about after a lawsuit. And, as Match itself advertises, one in five relationships now start online. Public Act 97-0578 became effective January 1, 2012 which requires retroactive registration for sex offenders.A sex offender or sexual predator, who has never previously been required to register under the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act, has a duty to register if the person has been convicted of any felony offense after July 1, 2011.A sex offender must register with the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where they reside.If the offender lives within the city limits, he or she will register with the city police department.A person who previously was required to register under this Act for a period of 10 years and successfully completed that registration period has a duty to register if: (i) the person has been convicted of any felony offense after July 1, 2011, and (ii) the offense for which the 10 year registration was served currently requires a registration period of more than 10 years.Public Act 97-0578 explains further retroactive registration requirements regarding sexual predator offenses, and all offenses which have an exact effective date."Sexually violent person" means a person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has been adjudicated delinquent for a sexually violent offense, or has been found not guilty of a sexually violent offense by reason of insanity and who is dangerous because he or she suffers from a mental disorder that makes it substantially probable that the person will engage in acts of sexual violence.Sexually violent people are required to register every 90 days for natural life.Section 10 of the Illinois Sex Offender Management Board Act states "sexually motivated" means one or more of the facts of the underlying offense indicates conduct that is of a sexual nature or that shows an intent to engage in behavior of a sexual nature.A sex offender must register in person annually for a period of 10 years.