Convicted serial rapist’s profile pops up on dating app

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A serial rapist is looking for love online, according to a woman who was floored by what surfaced on a dating app.

Amber Williams said it was unmistakably Dominic Yocco that FOX 2 warned her about last May.

We covered how Yocco was at a party with other minors, which was a breach of his bond at the time while he was fighting serial rape charges. A jury then convicted him in September of 15 counts of rape and sodomy involving girls aged 14 to 16.

Now Williams, 20, claimed Yocco is still on a dating app.

“I was totally shocked,” she said. “Because I just can’t believe he’d get on a dating app when he should be in jail and jail.”

Yocco is in the St. Louis County Justice Center jail awaiting his sentence, which is scheduled for December 22nd.

However, Williams said his dating profile shows new photos uploaded three days ago.

“Either somebody’s doing something they shouldn’t be doing, like catfishing, which isn’t good, or they could be using it in prison,” she said.

Inmates at the county jail were recently given access to special computer tablets, but only with reported jail-secured apps that don’t allow web browsing or social media access.

FOX 2 contacted the St. Louis County Justice Center and asked them to investigate to ensure inmates did not take over the system. We are waiting for an answer.

If someone else uses their images, security experts warn it could be more dangerous.

“A lot of the abusers and predators out there doing that, it’s like it’s their job,” Cindy Malott said.

Malott trains people to protect themselves with the group Crisis Aid International.

“Unfortunately, a lot of our young people feel like they’re in a relationship after they’ve texted someone for a week,” she said of language or threats, then they feel so involved or intertwined in that relationship that they have a hard time breaking out to get rid of it.”

When Yocco was still at large, prosecutors in court documented the websites he used, such as Fam, Hinge, and Bumble. They also listed the fake names they found on him, such as Nopi and Lucciano.

Williams said she saw him on Bumble under the name Giovanni.

“He’s everywhere,” she said.

FOX 2 reached out to dating app Bumble for comment and action. We haven’t received an answer yet. We also called Yocco’s grandmother, who Yocco lived with before he was sentenced, and she didn’t answer.

Malott conducts training to combat this problem. You can reach them atcmalott@crisisaid.orgor via the website

Malott also recommended if you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault. Convicted serial rapist’s profile pops up on dating app

Sarah Y. Kim

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