SPOKANE, Wash. - As the accused rapist of one local woman is being held in Spokane County Jail after meeting up with her following a Tinder match-up, the Spokane County Sheriff's office urges caution to other dating app users.
"Trust your gut instincts," said Spokane County Sheriff's spokesman Mark Gregory. "The internet can lull people into a false sense of security."
In this case, the woman had, to the best of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office followed the safest practices in meeting her match. She had met him publicly at first and had known him for several weeks before things took a turn for the worse.
"I know its very hard for victims of sexual assault to come forward," said Gregory, "but please do. It could mean possible stopping this from happening to the next person."
He says the first step before meeting someone off a dating app is to have a plan.
"Make sure your friends know who you're going out with," he said.
His other recommendations are backed up by Tinder's own safety advice.
Tinder advises users to always meet publicly for the first time, always to tell a friend or family member what you are doing, always drive yourself or otherwise transport yourself to and from a meet-up, and to not drink or take drugs when you do.
The woman also did everything right according to Sheriff's Deputies after she said she was raped.
"It takes a lot of guts to stand-up and report something like this," said Gregory. "Call it and report it, then don't turn around, don't change clothes, go straight to the hospital and we can meet you there."
In the current digital age, Gregory advises caution across the board.
"We just need to be very careful with who we are meeting with, who we are talking with and what information we are providing over the internet," he said.
The woman's accused rapist - 35-year-old Torrey Gambill - is being held on $100,000 bond and charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment and also harassment.
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