(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) Law enforcement and prison officials are investigating reports that a convicted rapist was able to access Bumble, a “hook-up” app, while he was waiting for his Dec. 22 sentencing hearing at the St. Louis County Justice Center ahead of his December 22 sentencing hearing, according to the Daily Wire.
In September, Dominic Yocco, 23, was convicted by a jury on 16 of 19 counts of rape and sodomy. His bond was then revoked and was housed at the St. Louis County Justice Center, During that time, a person who knew Yocco found him on the app, local CBS affiliate KMOV reported.
Even though Yocco disguised himself under a different name, Giovanni, Amber Williams said that she recognized the guy immediately, as soon as she saw his face.
“I was like, ‘oh my God, Yocco just matched with me.’ Like, ‘what’s going on.’”
Williams said that when she was younger, she “hung out” with Yocco and some other people. One of her friends later told Williams that Yocco assaulted her.
“It’s insane, and it’s just crazy to me, to think how you’re convicted of all these rapes, and you’re still getting on these dating apps,” Williams said.
Authorities are not sure whether Yocco was behind the account, so the investigation is currently underway.
This allegedly wasn’t the first time Yocco tried to do something similar. Lyssa Laurent, whose late daughter Maya Jami was one of Yocco’s accusers, told the Daily Wire that he had joined Bumble under a fake name at least once before.
“I emailed the prosecutor’s office 9/13/2021… over a year ago, that he was on Bumble. Same time that I found him on TikTok. He had fake names,” Laurent said.
She also suggested that the only way for Yocco to gain access to the internet in jail was through a tablet that he was given “for movies and email.”
“His tablet is being checked. Apparently, prisoners get tablets ‘for movies and email.’ ?!?!?!!!!!!!!”