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Match.com case: Calif. man pleads no contest to sexual assault

Alan Paul Wurtzel
KCBS
Alan Paul Wurtzel
KCBS

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A California man charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met through Match.com pleaded no contest  Wednesday to felony sexual battery by restraint.

Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton says Alan Paul Wurtzel, 67, is now facing 365 days in jail, five years of probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender when he is sentenced in September, reports CBS affiliate KCBS.

Wurtzel was also facing a second count of forcible oral copulation, but the charge is expected to be dismissed after he is sentenced on the charge of sexual battery by restraint, KCBS reports.

The district attorney's office says Alan Paul Wurtzel met Carole Markin on Match.com in 2010. After two dates, he raped her in her apartment.

Afterward, Markin looked Wurtzel up on the internet and found out he had previous sexual battery convictions. Wurtzel's attorney says that they had a "consensual encounter."

According to KCBS, Markin said earlier this year that she went public with a series of media appearances because "I want to prevent something like this happening to another woman."

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