Sexual abuser returns to Tinder days after leaving prison for assault on first date

A convicted sex abuser called “a danger to women” returned to a dating app just days after being released from prison for assaulting a woman.

A former friend has expressed his horror after learning that pervert Steven McGinley has joined Tinder.

He sexually assaulted his victim on their first date after tricking her into an apartment.

McGinley, 35, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars – but after his early release he returned straight to the dating app with the aim of meeting other women, daily recording reports.

He also started a mail-order merchandise business and called himself a “manager”.

A friend expressed his horror after discovering the profile

Former construction engineer McGinley describes himself on Tinder as “cheeky and cheeky but has a deep and meaningful side.”

McGinley, from Scotstoun, Glasgow, was released from prison in June and in August he set up StevoSocks Ltd.

On his Tinder profile, he said that he “tries to explore more”, doesn’t want pen pals and “if we get along I will want to meet”.

The former soldier said “good vibes” and “educated people are best” and claims to love dogs.

McGinley’s profile was released on social media when someone he knew was alerted to his presence on the popular dating app.

A former friend said last night: “It is beyond comprehension that he is on a dating app when he met his victim last year.

“Imagine getting out of jail early and one of the first things you do is set up a Tinder to meet unsuspecting women.

“He’s a crazy guy. He doesn’t say much at all, he just looks at everyone.

The Tinder app used on a Samsung smartphone.
Tinder says it encourages users to report violators

“From his profile he looks like a good guy, but after what he did to this poor girl he shouldn’t get out of jail no matter how much he starts a business and looking for dates.”

The friend added: “He had come back on Facebook but when the photo showing his profile was shared on social media, he deleted his account.

“He’s a danger to women and shouldn’t be allowed on something like that.”

Last year, Glasgow Sheriff’s Court heard how McGinley, who was on the sex offender registry for 10 years, pounced on his victim in his apartment after spending an evening in bars.

Her terrified victim, who was 23, fled to a nearby chip shop for help after McGinley, who had previously committed a sexual offense, attacked her.

After their night out, the woman wanted to go home, so McGinley said he would accompany her to the station.

He lured her to his apartment in Whiteinch to pick up a jacket.

When they arrived she asked to use the restroom and when she returned McGinley’s shoes were off and he started behaving strangely.

When she tried to leave, McGinley told her he would decide when she could leave.

Prosecutor Amanda Gallagher said: “The woman went to the bathroom and when she came back McGinley’s shoes were off.

“She asked when they were leaving and that’s when McGinley acted particularly erratically. He was saying things that didn’t make sense.

The woman asked McGinley if they were going to the station, to which he replied, “Yes but I didn’t say when.”

McGinley then jumped on the woman and sexually assaulted her.

He spat in her face and she pushed him away before running away to a chip shop where she was able to call a cab.

McGinley admitted the attack in court last November and in December he was jailed for 15 months.

Free dating apps do not search for sex offenders because platforms do not have access to reliable information for background check.

The responsibility for controlling the application is left to the users themselves.

A spokesperson for Tinder said, “We take member safety very seriously.

“We encourage our community to report any misconduct through the self-report tool featured on all Tinder profiles or online.

“If a member contacts us to report bad behavior online or offline, our team will carefully review the report and take action to remove any inappropriate profiles from our platform.

“If a crime has been committed, we encourage members to report it to local law enforcement.

“Our team will cooperate with law enforcement if they are contacted directly.

“We also encourage our members to review our Safety Tips, which can be found on our website and accessed through the app.

“More information about our security practices can be found on our website.”

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