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Los Angeles Times, Published July 23 2012

Colorado shooting suspect was active on Match.com

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The suspect in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting appears to have signed up for the dating website Match.com.

James Holmes called himself “Classic_Jim” in his match.com profile, saying he was a 24-year-old from Aurora looking for “girls who like guys.” The pictures posted on his account show a man with shocking red-orange hair and long sideburns, the image of Holmes as he appeared in a Colorado courtroom Monday.

The website has since removed the account.

“When we were informed that there was a profile for James Holmes, we immediately removed it from the system,” a spokeswoman for the website said in statement Monday. “Anyone on Match.com who has a concern about another member should use the ‘report a concern’ function to alert us to the issue so we can take appropriate action.”

The existence of the account was first reported by TMZ.com.

In the profile, he described himself as an agnostic student who earned less than $25,000 a year. He described his politics as “middle of the road.”

Meanwhile, law enforcement authorities are investigating a sex website, Adult Friend Finder, that had an account by a person who resembled Holmes.

The person with the account had dyed red hair and long sideburns and claimed to live in Aurora, Colo. A spokeswoman for the website declined to say whether the account belonged to Holmes.

“AdultFriendFinder.com values the privacy of its members and subscribers and does not disclose or confirm the status of any individuals on our website. AdultFriendFinder.com does respond to law enforcement inquiries as may be required by law,” Lindsay Trivento, director of corporate communications for FriendFinder Networks Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla., said in a statement Monday morning.

The account holder called himself “classicjimbo.” He described himself as straight, single and looking for women, couples and groups interested in “erotic chat” or a discreet relationship. The profile included three pictures of the account holder, which looked extremely similar to Holmes as he appeared in court Monday. In one, an image of the red-haired man appeared to have been pasted electronically next to a picture of a woman.

The Adult Friend Finder profile, which has since been removed from the website, began with this eerie comment: “Will you visit me in prison?”

The account appeared to have been created on July 5 and was last visited within three days of the shooting. “Classicjimbo” described himself as a “light/social” drinker with an athletic body type. It stated that he had attended “some grad school.”

While on the site, “classicjimbo” “friended” six women, all from Colorado, and joined a group called the “Aurora Meet and Greet Gang.” One of the women, a 25-year-old from Denver, said the she had been contacted by “classicjimbo” in recent weeks but had not met him in person.

“He sent a few messages that I never really responded to,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.