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Dating sites agree to screen for sex offenders

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Three leading online dating sites have agreed to screen for sex offenders and take other measures to protect their members after a Southern California woman was assaulted on a date.

California's attorney general says an agreement has been reached with Match.com, eHarmony and Spark Networks.

The companies signed a joint statement of principles that include checking subscribers against national sex offender registries, providing a rapid way to report abuses and providing members with safety tips.  The statement is non-binding but the companies say they hope it will set an example for other dating sites.

Attorney general's spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill says the agreement was inspired by the case of a woman who was assaulted in 2010 by a man she met through Match.com.  That man had previous sexual battery convictions.

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