A New Jersey man charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child is suing the gay hookup app Grindr because reasons. According to William Saponaro Jr., 52, of Cape May, he met with a 13-year-old boy and another man to make boom boom. The other man told Saponaro that the boy was 18, and he did not question the kid’s age because children totally respect age requirements on online services.
Saponaro is suing Grindr because he feels it was the appmakers’ responsibility to verify the child’s age for him, as it requires users to be 18 or older. Saponaro claims that the app is directly responsible for his decision not to question a 13-year-old boy’s age because it “negligently” allowed them to hook up, causing him “emotional distress.”
Grinder says it has no responsibility because the 13-year-old does not even claim to be a member of the service. In fact, it was his adult “friend” who arranged the encounter through his account. The other adult involved told Saponaro that he met the teen through the app.
Saponaro claims that he has not been able to attend his job at a construction business over his inability to tell a 13-year-old boy is 13, and seeks damages and litigation costs.
You just have to appreciate the “I didn’t know he was 13” claim. How difficult is it to tell that a 13-year-old boy is not an adult, anyway? Here’s a rule: If they look too young, they probably are. If they look too young and come with an older male “friend,” they almost definitely are.
Only in America can a pedophile sue an app because he got caught.