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Alan Paul Wurtzel, the legal inspiration for's stricter background checks, pleaded no contest to charges that he raped a woman he met through the dating site in court today, according to KTLA.

Wurtzel, 67, is accused of sexually assaulting TV executive Carole Markin on their second date, after meeting through

He is scheduled to be sentenced September 19. He could face one year in jail, five years of probation and he must register as a sex offender.

After the alleged assault, Markin said she went online to discover that Wurtzel had been convicted of sexual battery six times. She went public with her story and sued the dating site in April.

Support for LAist comes from responded to the suit by saying that said the company would begin cross-referencing its members against the National Sex Offender Registry and that the process could take months to fully implement.

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