A woman in Florida has been jailed after setting up a fake profile on the dating website Plenty of Fish, featuring another woman’s details and requesting men to come over to her house and rape her as part of a fantasy.
39-year-old Frances Lee Tapscott was arrested on Saturday for aggravated stalking and is currently being detained in the Pinellas County Jail after numerous men turned up to the victims house seeking to enact the rape fantasy.
The profile contained real photographs of the victim, as well as her real name, and Tapscott gave further details, including the victim’s home address and number, when men messaged the profile with interest.
“The fake profile contained a request for an individual to come over and rape the victim, stating that she liked ‘role play.’ Once the profile began to receive comments from interested men, the defendant did provide the men with the victim’s telephone number and address,” states the criminal complaint posted online by The Smoking Gun on Monday.
Catfishing, the act of creating a fake profile usually with the motive to attract someone, is not rare on the internet, and many people fall foul to the act of being catfished by someone that is not who they say they are, but few catfishing incidents come with such a severe and dangerous, not to mention creepy, context as this one.
It is unknown as to what Tapscott’s motives were, or whether she had any relationship with the victim, and she was not reported to be mentally ill, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Tapscott is reported to have resided in a city just four miles away from where the victim lives.
The bond for Tapscott’s release is set at $10,000.
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