The website Trump.Dating went live last week and in true Trump fashion, the man who was heavily featured in advertising for the platform is a convicted pedophile. That guy, Barret Riddleberger, was convicted years ago for having sex with a 15-year-old and videotaping their sexual encounter.
Riddleberger was 25-years-old at the time of his conviction, putting him well within pedophile territory.
Barret Riddleberger appeared with his wife Jodi on the homepage of Trump.Dating until just a few days ago. After his 1995 conviction was discovered, the site’s owner was forced to replace his image with that of another couple.
“I’ve already paid my debt for something I did 25 years ago,” Riddleberger told WRAL.
The Riddlebergers, who have been married for 22 years and are very active with the Republican Party. Jodi founded a Tea Party PAC called Conservatives for Guilford County.
From VICE News:
“The Trump-lovers dating site, which incorporates the president’s hairstyle in its logo, says it’s “giving like-minded Americans a chance to meet without the awkwardness that comes with the first conversation about politics.”
It’s not clear who runs the site — the Riddlebergers won’t say what exactly their role is — but it operates under a collection of sites known as “Friends Worldwide” that use a template for creating a niche matchmaking service, for a base fee and at least a 50 percent cut of the site’s income. Users pay $24.99 a month.
A feature of the site that allows a new user to select “happily married” or “unhappily married” as a status in their profile is being fixed, according to Riddleberger.”
The site only allows heterosexual men and women to join the website. Oh, and apparently already married couples and pedophiles.
You can learn more aout Riddleberger’s criminal history on North Carolina’s Department Of Public Safety website.
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