Showing posts with label Dating Apps. Show all posts
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September 1, 2015

Monogamy Electronic Dating is Having its Moment


There are lots of ways to cheat online, and maybe the idea of inadvertently hooking up with a smug married on Tinder repulses you. Perhaps you’d be happier on a site that promised you’d meet only fellow commitmentphiles, or at least one that lets you know if that dashing fellow or dimpled blonde is “in a relationship” on Facebook. If you’re already coupled up, maybe you’d be interested in an app that beams your movements and texts straight to your better half’s phone (and vice versa, of course). Turns out you have all these options, and more.

Monogamy may just be having a moment, particularly after the hack of the notorious “Life is short, have an affair” site Ashley Madison, which exposed the names, emails and sexual proclivities of some 30 million members. And why not? Regular dating services have already gained a reputation as cheater minefields. Researchers at GlobalWebIndex just reported that 45 percent of Tinder users worldwide are married or in a relationship, seemingly confirming the long-held suspicions of many users. (Tinder calls that study “totally inaccurate” and says “simple logic” makes its claims impossible, although it didn’t offer data of its own.) Many dating sites, in fact, offer tips about spotting cheaters and forums for discussing them, although most are limited in what they can do about stepper-outers — even if a two-timer gets booted, it’s ridiculously easy to reregister under a new handle and email address.

They cater to the tired, the poor at heart, the huddled masses yearning not to find unexpected sexts on their partner’s phone.
If the Ashley Madison hack “doesn’t fundamentally change the way the serious side of the dating industry conducts business,” says David Evans, a dating service consultant, “then all is for naught.” And there’s a lot of business being conducted — $2.4 billion in 2015, up from $1.6 billion in 2006, according to the market-research firm IBISWorld. It doesn’t take too much poking around to find a surprising number of sites and services catering to the tired, the poor at heart, the huddled masses yearning not to find unexpected sexts on their partner’s phone. Fidelity-first sites claim to offer a safe alternative, especially for folks who found that their partners were seeing other people without letting them know about it. Monogamy sites are a haven for such people; “they’ll reach out for it,” says Danine Manette, author of Ultimate Betrayal, a guide to detecting and surviving infidelity.

There’s certainly an irony here, as a medium infamous for harboring cheaters now also shows an evolving potential to foster more “old-fashioned” relationships. It’s further evidence, in case you needed it, that the digital nature of human relationships continues to shift on what feels like a daily basis. New dating tools could also have bigger real-world ramifications than you’d think. Marital infidelity, some experts say, inflicts serious emotional trauma on the betrayed spouse — in some cases, pain and grief so intense it’s surpassed only by the death of a child, often lingering as a sort of PTSD of the heart.

Fidelity Dating co-founder Gary Spivak is out to prevent that. He was cheated on years ago, after which he dropped serious weight, couldn’t sleep and developed muscle aches so intense they required medication. His seven-month-old service, which claims fewer than 5,000 members, aims to ward off the waywards by asking members to take a fidelity pledge. If you’re looking for an affair, “why would you come to a site for people looking for faithful partners?” Spivak asks.

Invite-only apps like the Dating Lounge, created by a professional matchmaker, also claim they can screen out cheaters (and police them if they slip through). More mainstream apps like Hinge, which connects would-be couples through mutual friends, now explicitly expose people dumb enough to join a dating service while professing to be committed on Facebook. But users can also do some background checking themselves. Women, for instance, can turn to Lulu, an app for dishing about men — their looks, sense of humor and, most important for our purposes, their sense of commitment. Less than a week after the Ashley Madison hack, Lulu saw a 16 percent spike in usage, according to Deborah Singer, Lulu’s vice president of marketing.

And if you’ve already found your lobster and just want to make sure they stay yours, there’s always the option of voluntarily enforcing your monogamy. Some couples already share email and Facebook passwords as a sign of trust, a means of verification or both; soon, there may also be an app for that. It’s still apparently in the concept phase, but a would-be app called Monogamy aims to actually bind your smartphones together, according to its website. (The startup behind it once tweeted that “monogamy is a relationship between” two devices.) That could include beaming your current location and where you’ve been to your partner, as well as informing them if you uninstall the app. No one at Monogamy replied to our request for comment.

Of course, a lot of monogamy marketing may amount to little more than lip service. Many such services use eminently gameable systems — it’s always possible to lie on Fidelity Dating’s pledge or delete your relationship status on Facebook, so branding for commitment doesn’t guarantee a cheater-free zone. Plus, there’s what you might call the empty-of-fish problem: It’s not at all clear how many people will specifically go looking for partners who won’t cheat on them. Apps like Tinder attract everyone, from those looking for their next spouse to those looking for the next hookup. “People often flock to those sites even if they don’t represent what they want, because the pool is so big,” says Logan Levkoff, a relationship expert and author.

But there’s one consolation: Sites like Fidelity Dating will be hacker-proof in a way, Manette suggests. After all, who would care if its members’ information leaked? That wouldn’t be a scandal — the monogamous crowd is “the silenced majority” already, she says.


December 22, 2014

Social Media Apps Killing Cruising Bars in NZ


SHUT DOWN: Paul Heard has closed his bar, Urge, calling it a "tough" move.

SHUT DOWN: Paul Heard has closed his bar, Urge, calling it a “tough” move.  

Social media apps are killing the gay bar scene, claiming as their latest victim New Zealand's longest-running gay venue.
Urge in Auckland is the ninth gay bar to shut down in New Zealand over the past two years because of dwindling patronage, echoing the closures of international gay hotspots in New York, San Francisco and Sydney.
Sociologist Michael Stevens blames the internet, as apps such as Grindr, and social change, render such venues redundant.
"In the past you had to go to a venue to meet other LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people, today you don't."
Now people can just grab a phone, swipe left or right according to preference - at work, in bed or in a meeting.
Social change, particularly the legalising of gay marriage, has also played a role.
"Gay bars were a safe place to see a friendly face and not be judged," said Shane Way, event manager and performer for Hamilton's gay bar Shine, which shut down in March.
"These day it's become more accepted in society so gay people don't just go to gay bars."
But this doesn't translate to equality, said Stevens: "It's still not true to say that a gay couple can walk into any venue, hold hands, kiss and dance together in the same way straight couples can."
Urge co-owner Paul Heard announced the bar’s closure this month after 17 years, describing it as the "toughest day I've had". 
He bought the bar with former romantic partner and current business partner, Alan Granville, nearly 10 years ago.
"We actually met at Urge and bought it when the owner was in bad health so we could save it."
Stevens said many LGBT venues, like Urge, were set up in cheap fringe areas of the city 10 or 20 years ago but that real estate is now more desirable. In 10 years, rent and rates have skyrocketed from $66,000 a year to nearly $200,000.
And cheaper alcohol at supermarkets encourages punters to "pre-load" before hitting town.
"They are businesses and need to turn a profit but they have also operated as community centres and meeting points."
Heard has watched the impact of the internet on the gay community. "People's ability to communicate on a one-to-one basis has changed. I get guys in the bar sitting on their phone chatting to somebody on the other side - the app says they're zero metres away.
"Winter is our worst time for customers. Years ago it didn't seem to bother them but now they can stay at home and find someone who will come to their door, literally."
He's worried about the loss of a community, saying men still don't come through the front door because of the fear of stigma.
"There's a reason Urge is so hard to find - we don't have rainbow flags flying out the window. Anybody can feel safe here, especially younger guys who are coming to terms with the whole thing. People might go more underground again."
We're yet to see the full impact of hook-up apps, said social media researcher Richard Pamatatau.
"With internet dating, people looked at that as a thing for people who were desperate losers but now there's no shame in doing it.
"There will always be that moment where someone spies the beautiful girl across the bar and that chemistry happens, there's just more choices now - you can say if you like beards or sporty people."
So will Tinder (the "straight" hook-up app) do to straight bars what Grindr has done in the gay community? "The challenge is for hospitality to find ways to challenge this new technology, I don't know how, though."
 - Stuff

December 3, 2014

Chinese New gay dating app up to 15 Million


By day, Ma Baoli was a high-ranking officer in a seaside city police force. By night, he ran a website for gay people to share experiences and on which he spoke under a pseudonym about the pressure he faced as a homosexual.
After several years, the police force found out and told him he could not run a private website that was earning money from advertisements while serving as a police officer.
Ma chose his website, a move that later proved fruitful. His has spawned a Chinese-language dating app for men called Blued that has garnered 15 million users, 3 million of them outside China, over two years.
And last month, his company, Blue City, received $30 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capital company DCM Ventures. Ma hopes to use the money to expand abroad and possibly prepare for an IPO. He is also considering launching a dating app for lesbians.
In a country where the government considers any activism dangerous and where homosexuality has traditionally been taboo, Ma has managed to build his business partly by reaching out to government agencies and showing them he can provide a public service in spreading safe-sex messages.
In 2012, he was invited to meet with now-Premier Li Keqiang because of his AIDS prevention work.
Wu Zunyou, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention's AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases center, praised the app for its usefulness in conveying information to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community.
"It's very hard to receive so many registered users in such a short time," Wu told The Associated Press last week at an AIDS awareness event held by Blue City and also attended by local government officials. "None of our public awareness websites can receive such attention. This is a very important channel to be able to spread information about AIDS prevention among the LGBT community."
The app allows users to look for people by location or the last time they logged on. It also enables group settings so people can organize activities such as hiking or assembling a basketball team, as well as providing information from health authorities on locations for HIV testing and treatment.
Andrea Pastorelli, a policy specialist at the United Nations Development Programme, said the Chinese CDC had recognized the app's usefulness in reaching people they were unable to.
"They are having a real issue reaching out to the most marginalized people and in China that's where the epidemic is," he said.
"The fact that they have been able to attract this much money shows that there is interest in the so-called pink market," Pastorelli added. "Private companies are realizing that gay people exist and gay people represent a huge market."
An investment manager at the Beijing office of DCM Ventures who asked not to be named because she was not authorized to speak to the media confirmed that the company had invested $30 million in Blue City, saying its future outlook was promising.
"Five percent of the total population are LGBT people," she said. "Social attitudes toward gay people will become more and more tolerant in the future."
For Ma, 37, who goes by the online pseudonym Geng Le, the investment signals a shift in attitudes already among Chinese toward homosexuals.
Five years ago, his website would be regularly shut down. Today, that doesn't happen anymore, and it carries discussions on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, for example.
"I now feel more and more comfortable saying, 'Yes, I'm gay and yes, what I do is run a gay-themed website,'" he said.
Still, the app does provide privacy for people who are worried about others finding out about their sexual orientation by allowing them to use their smartphone to meet someone, he said.
A law against "hooliganism" that had been used to target gays was eliminated in 1997 and homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder in 2001, but some clinics still promise to "cure" people by offering conversion therapy that includes electric shocks. China does not recognize same-sex partnerships and no laws outlaw discrimination against homosexuals.
However, more organizations are being created in China that are specifically devoted to LGBT advocacy issues, and gay bars that once could only be found in bigger cities like Beijing and Shanghai are increasingly opening up in smaller cities.
Ma quit his job as deputy director of a division of the Qinhuangdao police force in March 2012. He still misses being a police officer, his dream job since childhood. He says some former colleagues cannot accept what he is doing because they think homosexuality is "abnormal." Ma says he hopes to change their thinking.
Blue City employs about 40 software engineers, designers, salespeople and advocates.
"I would like to use the power of the economy to promote the LGBT community," he said. "In many ways, the economy can trigger changes in policies. So if, for example, I do this thing very well, if my users go from 15 million to many more in the future, if we can go public, I can tell the government: See, we can go public being a ‘gay company' and we haven't caused you any trouble."

November 8, 2014

ALIBABA!!! China’s New GAY Dating App Momo is Taking Over US Wall St. 
Momo Inc., the holding company for Beijing Momo Technology Co., said in a filing Friday that it intends to use proceeds for general corporate purposes like research and development and technology infrastructure.
The company may pursue acquisitions but currently has no commitments or agreements for any deals.
After Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. filed for a U.S. IPO, bankers expected other Chinese companies to follow. Alibaba went public in a record $25 billion debut on the New York Stock Exchange in September. Alibaba owns a 21% stake in Momo.
The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Momo was working on a plan for an IPO this year, and that the company had completed a fundraising round that valued it at around $2 billion.
Underwriters include Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan and China Renaissance Securities. The company said it plans to sell up to $300 million of American depositary shares, but that is a placeholder amount used in deciding registration fees and will likely change. 
Momo has grown rapidly since its 2011 launch. It began as an online dating application, but it has pushed to become a platform to help people with shared interests connect in locales across China. 
Monthly active users reached 60.2 million in September, more than doubling from a year earlier.
The company said membership subscription fees provided more than 63% of its revenue in the first half of 2014.
Total revenue in the first half of the year was $13.9 million, up from $3.1 million in the comparable 2013 period. Net loss was $8.3 million, compared with a $9.3 million loss in the first half of 2013.  
—Telis Demos contributed to this article.

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Six British ne’er-do-wells have been charged with scamming users in the U.K., because people are much more gullible than we could ever imagine.

Here’s how the set-up probably went down: woman logs onto and, surprise, she meets a handsome man on the dating site. Brilliant! They go out and it's awesome times at the pub and then the cinema that night. They go out a couple more times and he still rocks. Then suddenly he shares a heartbreaking story that requires her to part with a “significant” amount of money. Instead of saying no, she says yes and probably never sees said Mr. Handsome again ... until she watches the evening news on the BBC and realizes that her man of the hour was just arrested for fraud.
Detective Constable Darrin Carey, reports the Guardian, says most of the victims are from the "Basingstoke area, across Hampshire and England" and if anyone has any more information that could help catch the rest of the frauds, call him at "101."
The suspects charged with conspiracy to commit fraud are Emmanuel Oko, 29, of Waverley Grove, Southsea, Hampshire; Brooke Boston, 28, of Chelsea Road, Southsea; Monty Emu, 28, of Frencham Road, Southsea; Eberechi Ekpo, 26, of Adair Road, Southsea; Chukwuka Ugwu, 28, of Somers Road, Southsea, and Adewunmi Nusi, 26, of Bomford Close, Hermitage, Berkshire.
I’m not sure how someone would be able to justify lending more than 20 quid to a stranger they’ve just started dating — I don’t even do that in real life. Still, the crew of five men and women are now facing fraud charges following a lengthy investigation by the Detective Constable and are slated to appear in the Basingstoke magistrates court soon. So what was's response? Treat the web like a sketchy Camden pub and trust no one.
"While the authorities and dating sites work closely together to ensure a safe environment on the internet, we encourage everyone to apply the same caution when meeting people online as they would meeting through friends or in a bar. Never give money to anyone just as you would never give money to someone you recently met in a pub or cafe. Don't share personal contact details off the site. If in doubt, use the highly visible 'report a concern' button which flags issues to our care team."
Is anyone online portal sacred? Probably porn, but that’s besides the point.
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December 16, 2013

Apple’s New App For Gays, Something You Can Bring Home to Mom

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(Credit: Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
Do you feel that the gay community is all too often symbolized by shiny torsos with a body fat percentage below 3?
Do you sense that when you think of gay apps, the first that comes to mind is Grindr?
But what about gay taste? What about the gay sense of style?
This isn't the stuff of mere legend. The fine urban studies theorist Richard Florida has offered that cities thrive when they attract a dynamic gay population.
Some very clever Harvard types (are there any other kind?) believe that, when it comes to apps, the gay community hasn't offered the full bloom of its most tasteful side.
So they've created This, they claim, is "the only gay social app approved by theiTunes store for 12-year-olds and older."
Before you mount your high, sweaty horse and exert a moral gallop over the idea, might I say that this app doesn't have sex at its core?
Instead, and I'm quoting the company now, "uses real-time collective knowledge to connect trendsetting crowds and travelers to the places and people that best reflect their distinct interests."
Implicit in this rococo marketing speak is the notion that gay people know where it's at before, you know, other sorts of people do.
How do I know this? Well, I can read press releases.
Here's an extract: "With an emphasis on good taste, is sleekly designed to easily lead users to the right event, restaurant, party, or vacation spot for the moment or upcoming calendar, where their friends are or plan to go soon."
Just as Google tells you there are "right" ads and "wrong" ones, so here you can have access to the "right" events, rather than quiz night at your local Uzbek potato vodka bar.
In the iTunes store, has a charming way of describing itself: "Finally, an LGBT app that you can bring home to Mom!"
"Mom, look! Here's how I found out where the very crunchiest baguettes are at!"
Indeed, describes itself as "clean, social, and fun."
CEO Michael Belkin told me that this is very different from, say, Grindr: "If you go on Grindr, people change their headline sometimes to 'Visiting tonight, does anyone know the best place to go out?'"
Belkin says he's launching because he became "disgusted by the tasteless torsos and imagery on gay social sites and apps."
He wants "the good-taste part of the gay stereotype to gain traction with advertisers and cross the mainstream divide."

  In this, he has some very famous and tasteful investors -- old PayPal pals Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois, to name but two.

Taste and art are often intertwined like long-lost lovers, one of whom has flown in from the Andes and the other from Boise. The art here is that claims it has a proprietary algorithm that ranks places and events for "hotness."
I suspect that you and I (and the hamsters pushing the algorithmic wheel at already have our own idea of hotness. Sometimes, though, we're at a loss as to where to find it.
Please remember, we're talking Harvard people here. So don't be surprised that they claim this is "the only app that combines social networking, event ticketing, attendee visibility, location-based services, and hot-spot locating with predictability and in real time."
That's the lovely thing about techies. They do adore predictability.
After all this information, you're probably feeling a need for hotness coming on. What is surely cool, however, about this initiative is that it promises to be your "well-connected, in-the-know, VIP gay friend."
We all need one of those, don't we? Otherwise, we’d all still be eating at Outback.

December 13, 2013

Husband is Suing His Husband’s Thief but Also The Site that Got Them Together

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A Charlotte man blames the breakup of his marriage not only on the other guy, but also on the online infidelity service that he says made it happen.
“Life is short,” the Ashley Madison website coos. “Have an affair.”
Robert Schindler of Charlotte says his ex-wife did just that.
So, Schindler is suing her alleged partner in the tryst, along with Ashley Madison and its Canadian corporate parent, Avid Dating Life Inc.
At play here is a legal clash between the old and the new. North Carolina remains one of only a half-dozen states that still awards punitive damages when a marriage fails and someone other than the husband and wife is to blame.
The so-called alienation of affection/criminal conversation laws have survived numerous efforts by judges, lawyers and some legislators to repeal them, and in recent years they have led to million-dollar judgments for wronged spouses.
The Schindler case attempts to apply the centuries-old marriage statutes to a company marketing the new-age phenomenon of online cheating. Ashley Madison, which claims clients worldwide in the tens of millions, bills itself as “the most recognized name in infidelity.”
Schindler’s 2012 complaint, which was back in Mecklenburg Superior Court last week for a preliminary hearing, accuses the company and Eleazar “Chay” Montemayor of Charlotte with working together to seduce Schindler’s wife, ruining his 13-year marriage.
According to the lawsuit, Montemayor and Schindler’s wife began their affair in 2007 after meeting on Montemayor also was married at the time. They became husband and wife in October 2012.
In his lawsuit, Schindler claims that the love and affection he and his wife shared “was alienated and destroyed by the defendants.”
He asks for damages of more than $10,000 under two claims: alienation of affections and criminal conversation, which is legal shorthand for extramarital sex.
Schindler’s former wife did not return calls for comment this week. Citing the lawsuit, Eleazar Montemayor declined to discuss the case Wednesday.
His co-defendant – and the founder of Ashley Madison – told the Observer in an email this week that holding his company liable for the breakup of a marriage “defies most people’s common sense test.”
“Would the courts also hold a hotel room accountable? A cellphone operator if his wife called her lover on it? The car she drove?” asked Noel Biderman, a former lawyer and sports agent who started Ashley Madison in 2002.
While Ashley Madison allows its clients to communicate with each other, “we in no way participate in any ‘offline’ encounters,” Biderman said.
“I think it would be an incredibly slippery slope to attempt to espouse blame to all the technology and inanimate objects that were utilized in an affair.”
Schindler’s attorney, Chris Johnson of Wilmington, says Biderman’s argument misses the point.
“You can use a car to drive to school. You can use a car to drive to work. You can also use a car to have an affair. But that’s not the car’s sole purpose,” Johnson said.
“That’s the difference in this website. It’s very specific. It promotes affairs. Sadly, it’s bad enough that it happened to Robert Schindler. But it happens to many others, too.”
Cheat and pay
Despite steps taken by the legislature in 2009 to narrow the alienation law, the monetary penalties for messing around with someone else’s marriage have grown exponentially in the past three years.
In 2010, a Guilford County jury awarded a wife a $9 million judgment against her husband’s mistress.
That same year, a Chapel Hill physician won almost $6 million from her former best friend, whom she had invited to visit and help her get ready for her first child and who had an affair with the physician’s husband.
In 2011, a Wake County judge handed down the largest alienation award in the state’s history – $30 million – after the former wife of a Raleigh business owner sued the current one.
Normally, alienation cases boil down to illicit sex, but they don’t have to. Wake Forest law professor Suzanne Reynolds said one of the earliest cases in state history involved a husband accusing his in-laws of urging his wife to leave the marriage.
That kind of case gave rise to a nickname: “mother-in-lawsuits.”
‘Monogamy fails’
Research indicates that up to 40 percent of heterosexual married men will have an affair; for married women, the figure is closer to 25 percent.
Cue Ashley Madison.
“Monogamy in my opinion is a failed experiment,” Biderman, a husband and the father of two, said in 2011.
Today, Avid Life operates a series of online “dating” sites based out of Toronto.
“CougarLife” tries to pair “sexy, successful older women and the vibrant, ambitious, younger men who want to date them.”
“Established Men” caters to older, financially successful clients and “sexy sugar babies with a taste for the finer things in life.”
There’s a site for gay men and also one for swingers.
But of the six social portals, Ashley Madison is clearly Biderman’s sugar baby.
Today, the infidelity site has 23 million members in 35 countries, said Paul Keable, Avid Life’s vice president of communication.
Keable declined this week to share any financial information. However, according to a 2011 profile in Bloomberg Businessweek, Avid Life predicted $60 million in revenue that year with $20 million in profits. Membership in Ashley Madison has since tripled, according to company figures, as has the number of countries in which the site claims to operate.
While its 19th century authors could not have envisioned a business dedicated to cheating, North Carolina’s alienation of affection law continues to survive efforts by the family court judges and lawyers to “rein it in,” said Reynolds, who specializes in family law at Wake Forest.
Because so many affairs begin at work, the North Carolina legislature in 2009 cordoned off employers from being sued. The law now requires that alienation claims be filed only against “a natural person.”
That would seem to set up the legal irony of a state law designed to punish infidelity protecting a company that profits from the very act.
Johnson begs to differ. He said because the affair that broke up the Schindlers’ marriage began in 2007, the old law applies.
That, Johnson said, makes Ashley Madison a legal – and deserving – target.
“That agency is pretty vile in my opinion,” he said. “I can’t really see a whole lot of positives that they create for the world, other than to make money.
“Hopefully, we’ll find a way to punish them.”

Gordon: 704-358-5095
 The Charlotte Observer.

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September 25, 2013

Savagely Beaten Gay Man Who Met His Almost Murderer on a Net App for Dating

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18-year-old Brice Johnson is accused of savagely beating 24-year-old Aaron Keahey, leaving him with broken facial bones and suffered nerve damage, after the two men met on a social networking mobile app.
Keahey, said his first contact with the 18-year-old suspect was on a phone app called MeetMe.
0923_hate_crime01(Brice Johnson, 18, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the injuries sustained by 24-year-old Arron Keahey. )
San Antonio’s KENS5 reports:
Keahey is gay, and said he went to the teen’s house in Springtown thinking he was either gay or bisexual. He said the ambush happened immediately.
“He started getting all frustrated and talking all angrily,” Keahey said. “I don’t remember anything after that.”
Police said they received a 911 call from 18-year-old Brice Johnson, who told officers he found Keahey outside his house in the trunk of a car. Johnson said he drove Keahey to get medical help.
Police later arrested Johnson and charged him with aggravated assault, causing serious bodily injury.
“I’ve been up here altogether 10 years, and this is the first hate crime or possible hate crime that I’ve investigated,” said Springtown police Lt. Curtis Stone.
The victim showed us photos of the marks left on his neck and wrists. But he and the suspect say they both remember little about the actual attack.

“Unfortunately, with him not being able to recall anything that happened, and the suspect claiming that he doesn’t recall, I don’t have any answers why those are there,” Lt. Stone said.
Police are treating the incident as a possible hate crime. Keahey is convinced it was just that.
“Why would they have you under the belief that they’re gay or bisexual or whatever they say you are, and have them show up and do what they did?” Keahey asked.
The 18-year-old suspect spent the summer with his friend’s family at the same house where the attack happened. Darcel Cummings said his family often provides shelter for troubled teens.
“I haven’t seen him be violent or upset towards anybody — not enough to do something like that,” Cummings said. “And then Brice is a little bitty guy.”
Keahey said he has learned a painful lesson. “Just don’t meet anybody online,” he said. “Don’t trust them.”

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Arron Keahey, 24, said he was physically assaulted because he is gay. Police in Springtown are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

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