Pinellas woman accused of fake online profile, encouraging sex assault

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A blurb from the ever popular Thesmokinggun.com website shows how one woman’s anger towards another resulted in a felony charge of aggravated stalking.  The allegations?  That she set up a fake profile of someone she knew on Plenty of Fish asking men to rape her as part of role play…

39-year-old Frances Lee Tapscott of Largo,  is in Pinellas County jail on a $10,000 bond, charged with one count of aggravated stalking.  With the help of a friend, Ms. Tapscott made a fake plenty of fish profile of a real girl, complete with her real pictures and contact information.  The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was made out in the fake profile as a woman who fantasized about rape scenarios.  Calling it role play, the fake site begged men to come over to her given address and rape her!

According to the complaint, “The fake profile contained a request for an individual to come over and rape the victim, stating that she liked to ‘role play,’”.

When the profile began to get replies from male “suitors” Frances Tapscott allegedly gave them  the victim’s home address and telephone number.  Men soon showed up at the victim’s home, forcing her to flee in terror before contacting the police.

At the time of this writing, it is unknown of the relationship, if any, between the victim and the defendant.

Making this case even stranger is that Ms. Tapscott does not have any local prior record.  The best guess of what happened is either jealousy of the younger woman or a neighborhood feud that got out of hand.

Finally in Florida, the charge of aggravated stalking is found under Fl. Statute 784.048.  This particular subsection is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Have you or a loved one been arrested for stalking or internet crimes?  Then call the Largo criminal defense lawyers at Blake & Dorsten, P.A. today!  These former prosecutors are experienced trial attorneys.

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