Advocates: Sexual assault case highlights need for caution when using dating apps


ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – The case of a man accused of raping a woman in St. George continues through the courts.

Samuel Butler was accused of sexually abusing someone he met on an online dating app back in January of last year.

It brought scrutiny to the world of online dating. One victim advocate in Southern Utah says the problem has not gone away. Elizabeth Bluhm is with the DOVE Center in St. George.

 “It’s kinda scary. People think it’s a safe way to get to know somebody first, just chatting and exchanging. But you don’t know if what is being exchanged is the reality, is truth,” said Bluhm.

Butler had a status hearing Tuesday in St. George. His trial is set for early December. If convicted, he faces five years to life in prison.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the toll-free Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-421-1100. 

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