#onlinedating | Berwick man allegedly attacked women he met online | #bumble | #tinder | #pof

A Melbourne man has been arrested accused of sexually assaulting two women he met through an online dating app.

Sexual Crimes Squad detectives swooped on the Berwick man, 25, on Thursday morning after an investigation into two sexual assaults 18 months apart in October 2018 and March 2020.

Police allege the first incident occurred on October 25, 2018 when a 19-year-old woman matched with the man on a dating app and met for dinner in Drouin, about 90km east of Melbourne.

After dinner the pair drove to an isolated area and the man allegedly sexually assaulted the woman.

Police said the second incident occurred on March 24 this year after an 18-year-old woman matched with the same man on the same dating app.

The woman was with a group of friends at a share house in Burwood and invited the man over. He allegedly followed the woman into a room and sexually assaulted her.

Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said during both assaults the women reported being choked and unable to breathe as well as being forced onto their stomachs.

She said the attacks had only recently been reported to police, and detectives believed the incidents were linked.

Ms Webster said the investigation was ongoing, and detectives were looking at any possible links to other sexual assaults.

“The women described the man as aged in his early 20s, caucasian appearance, slim build, softly spoken with a demeaning attitude towards women,” Ms Webster said.

“They have told police the man’s dating profile identifies he is a computer science student and states ‘feds and narcs swipe left’.”

The Berwick man is in custody assisting police with their investigation.

Police haven’t released the name of the dating app.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

jack.paynter@news.com.au


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