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Charges against Va. man dropped

Loudoun County prosecutors have dropped all charges against a South Riding man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman he met through an online dating service, according to the Loudoun sheriff's office.

John Swann Evans, 34, met the 37-year-old Loudoun woman through eHarmony in June, according to the Loudoun sheriff's office. The woman reported the assault on July 12, police said. Evans was taken into custody on Sept. 3 and charged with abduction with intent to defile and forcible sodomy.

Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman said that the charges were dismissed Tuesday because of insufficient and inconsistent evidence.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Caitlin Gibson

By Washington Post Editors  | October 22, 2010; 1:58 PM ET
Categories:  Loudoun, Updates  
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Phew! I guess internet dating is safe again! now let me log onto www.eRape.com .

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 22, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the Internet the greatest thing Al Gore ever invented?
Someone always finds a way to exploit it as a means of attacking women, stealing from elderly people or trying to pick up 13 year old girls.
The charges being dropped only means they felt they didn't have sufficient evidence to convict at trial.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Can a 37-year-old woman advertising for whoopee be defiled?

Maybe they should have charged Mr.Evans with bewitching, bothering and bewildering her.

Posted by: kinkysr | October 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"advertising for whoopee"?

Not.

kinkysr, eHarmony is not like the Craigslist booty call section.

Their whole schtick is that they find you a soulmate based on a bunch of compatibility factors.

Maybe you're thinking of eHarm.com.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | October 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

more white folk crime! keep it comin!

Posted by: mrhney03 | October 22, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I think that it is a little unfair to name and shame dating sites when this sort of very unfortunate situation happens. Because in reality, dating sites are only a facility for people to connect.

It is impossible to gauge what a person's true intentions are in a virtual world. This can only be done in the real world of face-to-face meeting. So, it's really important to put your safety first.

Here are some tips for you to follow to help you do just that:

1. Don't give out any of your personal details including your phone number to anyone you meet over the internet prior to meeting them first.

2. If you decide to meet then arrange this through the dating site. The reason dating sites ask you have a profile name that is different to your real name - is to keep you safe.

3. Meet in a coffee shop, during the day. A boring coffee date or one that makes you feel uncomfortable is much easier to escape.

4. Tell someone where you are going and or if possible have them be at another table in the coffee shop. You can then invite them to join you if the date feels wrong for you.

5. Never accept the invitation to be taken home no matter how attracted you might be to this person, or how thoughtful you think they are being by giving you a lift home. Remember, this person is a stranger and you know very little about them.

It's important to understand that no matter how great someone seems online, you don't know them until you take the time in the real world to get to know them. And that takes time. So, always look out for you and your safety must always come first.

Smiles to you,

Yvonne Rice

Author | Singles Coach | International Speaker | Global Online Dating Expert | Expert Consultant to Global Law Enforcement, Government Agencies and Governments on Online Romance, Cyber Bullying and Predator Scams

Posted by: YvonneRice | October 22, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"It is impossible to gauge what a person's true intentions are in a virtual world. This can only be done in the real world of face-to-face meeting."

Not really. Long before the Internet women were meeting men who were Dr Jekyll in public/for the first few dates then morphed into Mr Hyde when they were alone/after a few drinks/after the relationship got serious. People con and swindle people they interact with face to face on a daily basis and have since time began.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | October 23, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

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