Rockville man sentenced to 20 years in dating app sexual assault case


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — A Rockville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for a sexual assault case that started through a dating app.

Colin Black, 35, met multiple women through the dating app Tinder and later assaulted them, according to authorities. He was convicted in a jury trial of second degree sexual offense in July this year.

Shortly after that conviction he pleaded guilty to another count of second-degree sexual offense,” Ramon Korionoff of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office told WDVM in July.

Black was a guidance counselor at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington.

Prosecutors say Black met multiple women through two dating apps – Tinder and Bumble. Both women came forward and told authorities he had sex with them against their will back in 2017. Detectives seized his computer’s hard drive, where they found searches for forced intercourse. There’s also a third case against black that’s currently inactive, but could be tried sometime in the next five years. After the sentencing, the County’s states attorney and Black’s defense attorney spoke during a press conference.

“We are feeling very, very crushed by the amount of time that he got, this was not someone as the judge said, that dragged some girl in off of the street etc.,” said defense attorney, Berry Helfand.

“These women felt helpless and physically he overcame them with physical force and forced himself on these women in unspeakable ways,” said John McCarthy, Montgomery County State’s Attorney.

Authorities say there could be more victims – anyone with information is asked to come forward.

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