Sexual Assault Suspect Preyed On Asian Foreign Exchange Students, Police Say
Police say they are looking for more victims of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a foreign exchange student he met on a free website for students who want to practice their English.Jason McKlevey, 31, was arrested on November 7 after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by him after meeting him through conversationexchange.com, a free website that sets up English speakers with English learners. The assault allegedly happened on October 26 in San Diego when the pair met up in person for the first time, according to a local NBC affiliate.
Police said they believe that McKlevey specifically targeted Asian foreign exchange students in the San Diego area, and they're releasing McKlevey's picture in the hopes that other possible victims come forward.
NBC spoke to an exchange student Yurie Suzuki who considered using the site, before deciding against it. She points out that non-English-speakers are at an even greater disadvantage when trying to figure out whether or not to trust a stranger you just met on the internet: "If your English is not especially good then it's difficult to figure out if this person is serious or if this person is dangerous."
The investigation is ongoing, but McKlevey was released after he posted bail, the Los Angeles Times reports.
If you have any information about McKlevey, police would like you to contact the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.