First, there's no fault to be leveled at anyone who didn't think to check the sex offender registry before grabbing drinks.
Second, not everyone with a criminal record deserves a stain forever -- people and the lives they lead are messy and complicated.
After a couple days chatting with a brown-haired, square-jawed guy on a dating app, I did what I always do when a match seems mildly promising: I Googled him.
Based on personal details he'd mentioned, I found his full name and, ultimately, a local news article chronicling his second arrest -- this one after being found drunk, naked and disoriented in a public area one night two years back.
However, you are allowed to make decisions about what you're willing to deal with or avoid. So, that leaves you, armed with an internet connection, digging deeper into your potential date's background.
Third, not all corners of the internet are filled with predators waiting to strike. It's worth doing a simple Google search, checking local media websites and even scanning a prospective date's social media for any red flags.
There's some merit to that argument, but I would counter that safety trumps all else.
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