15 January 2007
The dangers associated with computer dating have been highlighted by the arrest of a Huntly man on rape and sexual violation charges.
Detective Simon Everson of the Waihi CIB said the charges relate to the 40-year-old man, known by the cyber id of 'Houndman', meeting two women on an online New Zealand dating website.
"On both occasions the women have met the man and returned to his rural home outside of Huntly where the alleged offences have been committed".
The first incident happened on 9 November while the second victim was attacked on 23 November.
"Because the offender has been a member of the site for two and a half years we believe there may be further victims out there," said Mr Everson.
"We would be interested in hearing from anyone who may have had contact with a person using this identity," he said.
Arrested on 29 November Houndman was bailed in a court hearing on on 3 December and was bailed. He is scheduled to appear in the Huntly District Court on Friday.
Police advise caution when using computer dating websites and offer some basic safety tips.
When meeting with someone for the first time meet in a public place, such as a cafe or restaurant. Inform someone where you are going and who you are meeting.