A VILE rapist who met up with two women on popular singles site ‘Plenty of Fish’ subjected them to horrific attacks in their own homes – molesting one of them in front of her own son.
Scott Lazenby, 27, threw one victim onto her bed in Colne, Lancashire, before groping her and raping her twice.
The aeronautics graduate, who has been jailed for seven years, groped a second woman and exposed himself in front of her young son.
Lazenby had exchanged messages with both via the Plenty of Fish website before arranging to meet them both on “dates”, Burnley Crown Court.
Lazenby was jailed yesterday after being convicted in December of sexual assault, assault by penetration and two offences of rape.
Judge Andrew Woolman said the fact some Plenty of Fish users indicate they are open to sexual encounters “does not mean that they consent to sex regardless”.
Judge Woolman ordered Lazenby to sign the sex offenders register for life and imposed a 13-year sexual harm prevention order.
The order bans him from logging on to anymore dating websites for over a decade – including Plenty of Fish.
Lazenby, of Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, admitted meeting both women through the website but stressed their sexual encounters were all consensual.
The jury heard how a young woman – who cannot be named – alerted police last November that she was assaulted by Lazenby at her home in Ashton-Under-Lyne, in Greater Manchester.
The pair had met through Plenty of Fish and agreed to meet up.
They were chatting in her living room when she went to get a yoghurt for her young son to eat.
Prosecutor Emma Kehoe said while she was sat on the sofa Lazenby moved beside her and began stroking her arm.
When he put his hand underneath her top and fondled her breast she got up and shouted at him to leave.
He was sat on the sofa having exposed himself but got up and left shortly afterwards.
His shocked victim had also been left traumatised and “stressed” and felt unable to socialise properly for some time afterwards.
Four days later a young woman from Colne agreed to meet up with Lazenby after exchanging messages with him.
The pair started kissing when Lazenby, without warning, put his hand underneath her top.
He pushed the woman down onto the sofa and began kissing her until she got up and made an excuse about having to go
to the toilet.
When she she came out of the bathroom she was confronted by Lazenby in her bedroom, the court heard.
He then threw her down on the bed and removed her leggings and underwear before sexually assaulting her and raping her twice.
Miss Kehoe added: “It is not a coincidence that two women, in separate towns, who had never spoken to one another, never mind met each other, could independently and within days of each other, say they have been sexually assaulted at the hands of Scott Lazenby.”
When police arrested him they discovered internet searches with references to sexual assault and sex cases, the court
Miss Kehoe said the rape victim told police how her ordeal had left her depressed and affected the way she treated her young daughter.
Both women have been able to meet new partners who have each been “understanding and supportive” in helping them to overcome their experiences at Lazenby’s hands, the court heard.
Michael Hayton, defending, said his client, after completing a degree, had enjoyed a successful related career, which had now “thrown away” by his conduct on the days in question.
Lazenby had an “open relationship” with his partner, who he also met through the website.
But Mr Hayton said difficulties had arisen when she had not wanted children. and he returned to the Plenty of Fish site to seek new partners “at her behest”.
Earlier this year Plenty of Fish predator Ryan Schofield was jailed for a string of attacks on women he met online.
Fashion designer Lucy Brown, who ditched a man she met on Plenty of Fish after one date, was stunned when he billed for the drinks he bought.