Woman Busted For Fake Online Dating Profile
Cops: Phony ad sought men to rape victim
NOVEMBER 30--A Florida woman is jailed on a felony charge after she placed a fake online dating ad in the name of another woman who purportedly sought men to come to her house and rape her as part of a “role play” activity, police report.
Frances Lee Tapscott, 39, was arrested Saturday afternoon for aggravated stalking, according to a criminal complaint. She is being held in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Police allege that Tapscott had a friend create a fake profile on Plenty of Fish, a popular dating web site. The profile included the 25-year-old victim’s name as well as photos of the woman.
“The fake profile contained a request for an individual to come over and rape the victim, stating that she liked to ‘role play,’” according to the complaint. When the profile began to “receive comments from interested men,” Tapscott allegedly provided them with the victim’s home address and telephone number.
The victim, the complaint notes, “was in fear for her safety” and fled her home after two men showed up at her residence “looking to ‘act out the fantasy.’”
The felony complaint does not disclose Tapscott’s alleged motive for creating the fake profile, nor does it detail what, if any, relationship she has with the victim (seen above).
Seen at left, Tapscott lives in Largo, a city four miles south of Clearwater, where the victim resides. (1 page)