Last week we reported on a website called Trump.Dating, where people can find their “America first partner.” Well, it turns out that one of the models posing as the face of the site, Barrett Riddleberger, is a convicted child molester. And he actually may be more involved with the dating site than as just a model posing for promo shots.
Dating in 2018 is more of a challenge than ever before, thanks in part to today’s polarizing political landscape. While searching for a potential partner on other dating sites, it’s not uncommon to see messages like No Trump supporters or Proud liberal.
We’re wrecking the dating game and giving like-minded Americans a chance to meet without the awkwardness that comes with the first conversation about politics. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to already know that your date roots for the same team?
The faces of Jodi and Barrett Riddleberger, smiling beneath the words “Make America Great Again” in all caps, are the very first ones greeting visitors at Trump.Dating. The married couple from Guilford County have become the de facto faces of the website.
But are they also behind the website itself?
WRAL News reports:
Barrett Riddleberger offered to discuss the site with WRAL News, but only if the station promised to write about “the present, not the past.”
WRAL News would not agree to that. Riddleberger’s past includes a felony conviction for taking indecent liberties with a child in in 1995. The charge stemmed from his videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 25, the Greensboro News & Record reported in 2014.
A North Carolina criminal history check Monday turned up no serious charges on Riddleberger’s record since then. He said he’s been married for 22 years.
“I’ve already paid my debt for something I did 25 years ago,” he said.
It’s unclear who exactly created the Trump.Dating website. A sponsored blog post on the right-leaning Daily Caller website, circulated within the past few weeks, quotes a Sean McGrossier as the website’s founder and owner.
WRAL News attempted to locate him Monday to no success. Perhaps we’ll never know the true role of Barrett Riddleberger as it pertains to Trump.Dating.
UPDATE: A few hours after this post was published, Trump.Dating scrapped the image of Barrett Riddleberger and his wife and replaced them with another couple.
Featured image via Trump.Dating