Ten separate women have accused a Colorado doctor of drugging and sexually assaulting them after meeting on dating apps Hinge and Tinder.
Dr. Stephen Matthews, 35, would allegedly meet women for mid-morning dates and invite them back to his home to play Jenga while drinking mimosas in his hot tub, before they’d black out and he would assault them, according to ten different statements, recounting the unnervingly similar behavior.
The majority of the alleged victims claimed they had forgotten nearly everything that happened, despite having little to drink – before some woke up naked, covered in hickies and bite marks.
Dr. Matthews, a cardiologist in Lakewood, Colorado, was first charged with three felony sex assault counts in April 2023 over an incident from January 2023. He has since been slapped with 16 more felony counts.
Dr. Stephen Matthews, 35, would allegedly meet women for mid-morning dates, invite them back to his home to play Jenga while drinking mimosas in his hot tub, before they’d black out and he would assault them
He smiled as he greeted his friends and lawyers outside court this week – thinking he was facing three felony charges lodged by one witness
Unbeknownst to him, he was immediately served charges for nine more cases and arrested outside the courtroom, before being taken away in handcuffs and hurried into a police car
A woman he was having drinks with claimed she had lost all memory of the night and that a rape test the next day confirmed she had sexual intercourse. It was for this alleged crime that he arrived in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday.
He smiled as he greeted his friends and lawyers outside court this week.
But unbeknownst to him, he was immediately served charges for nine more cases, arrested outside the courtroom, handcuffed and hurried into a police car.
The DA confirmed the nine new cases against him. He was charged with 16 felony counts, and was taken straight to Denver Jail, reports CBS.
The number of alleged victims who were assaulted by Matthews now stands at ten.
Matthews is facing charges of sexual assault on a helpless victim, sexual assault without consent, sexual assault on an incapable victim and second-degree assault involving drugging women.
The first woman to come forward – who triggered the larger police investigation into the alleged rapist – said she did not remember having sex with Matthews when they met on January 29, 2023 after chatting on Hinge.
They met just after 10am for breakfast and mimosas, and he invited her back to his home afterwards. They played Jenga and got into his hot tub – and the woman claims he made her have a drink.
She began to feel poorly soon after and her next memory was being in her own home and talking to paramedics – with no idea how she got there. She was found in the shower in her underwear by her sister.
The alleged victim found hickies on her chest – which she said she did not have prior to blacking out. The next day, she went to University Hospital and underwent a sexual assault nurse exam.
Matthews told police he and the woman had ‘consensual sex,’ his arrest affidavit said.
The majority of the alleged victims claimed they had blacked out despite having little to drink – and would forget nearly everything that happened – before some woke up naked, with hickies, and bite marks
Dr. Matthews, a cardiologist in Lakewood, Colorado, was first charged with three felony sex assault counts in April 2023 over an incident from January 2023. But now nine more victims have come forward
Matthews told the women that came across his profile he was looking for someone who is ‘equally passionate about life as I am, someone who is genuine, authentic, kind, humorous, adventurous, doesn’t take themselves too serious, well traveled, and just plain fun’
Screenshots from his Hinge profile show him posing in his doctors uniform
One woman (pictured), who he was having drinks with, said she lost all memory of the night and then a rape test the next day confirmed she had sexual intercourse. It was for this alleged crime that he arrived in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday. Her statement triggered nine other women to come forward with stories about the same man
He was arrested on three felony counts on March 22. But five days later on March 27, police received another call from a different woman about Matthews.
The second alleged victim coming forward had a similar story. The pair chatted on Hinge and went on a date on January 25, 2023. She had one alcoholic drink, while he was having tequila shots.
They went back to his home, where she went to the restroom and returned to him already having poured her a tequila soda drink.
According to online reports, Matthews studied at New York Medical College
The alleged victim said she had part of the drink ‘and was off balance.’ She remembered him kissing her and recording her, and then she blacked out. She took a taxi home and was violently ill – and told police she believes he sexually assaulted her.
On April 27, 2023, a third woman came forward claiming Matthews sexually assaulted her. They went for a 10am brunch on October 30, 2019, after matching on Tinder. They had mimosas and a meal, before he invited her back to his place to use the hot tub.
Matthews made her a drink, and after that ‘things became very blurry,’ the affidavit states. She remembers vomiting in his apartment, but next recalls being in her own apartment with him.
She did not remember how they got there – but she went to sleep, and woke up to Matthews having sex with her, the affidavit states.
After she refused to see him again, Matthews allegedly sent her photos of her naked in the hot tub.
On April 24, 2023, a fourth woman came forward with a similar story about Matthews. She claimed she was sexually assaulted in 2020 after matching with Matthews on Hinge and going on a dog walking date.
They went back to his place to his rooftop to watch the sunset, and he went down to his apartment ‘for an uncomfortably long period of time,’ before returning with a drink and a Jenga game.
Dr. Matthews, a cardiologist in Lakewood, Colorado, was first charged with three felony sex assault counts in April 2023 over an incident from January 2023
The DA confirmed the nine new cases against him. He was taken straight to Denver Jail
His home was raided for evidence following the new allegations
She took a sip of the drink and said it tasted bad. She said she wanted to leave, so went down to his apartment where he asked her to stay five more minutes.
Her next memory was crawling across his bedroom floor, naked, yelling at him asking what he did.
She had a sexual assault nurse examination completed at the time of the alleged rape in 2020.
On April 19, 2023, Matthews’ fifth alleged victim made a call to the police.
She said she met the doctor on Hinge between the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. He suggested she come to the hospital so they could ‘hook up.’ They instead met up at his apartment – where they had consensual sex, according to the affidavit.
On a second occasion, she went to his place and Matthews gave her a drink, but she immediately blacked out and does not remember anything from the night, the document said.
On April 21, 2023, a sixth woman informed the police that she believed she was drugged by Matthews.
She went to his home to collect his keys, as she would be watching his dog while he was out of town on January 22, 2022. They went for dinner, where she believes he bought her a drink – before she became very ill.
Restaurant staff wanted to call 911 because of how incoherent she was, the affidavit states.
On April 20, 2023, the seventh alleged victim spoke to police about her experience with Matthews.
They matched on Tinder in May 2022, and went on a hike and then back to his place. She remembers having three shots of tequila and playing Jenga, but then blacked out for four hours.
He woke her up at 8pm and told her she needed to leave. She didn’t remember what happened.
The woman (pictured) who was the first to lodge a police complaint against Matthews said: ‘He’s very clearly been doing this for a longtime, in a very similar fashion. And that’s terrifying’
Texts seen between Matthews and one of his alleged victims
Police executed a search warrant of Matthews’ Denver home on Monday
On April 19, 2023, an eighth woman claimed she went to his apartment after matching on Tinder, drunk alcohol with him, and then blacked out. She remembered him playing a game, and had a vague memory of him being on top of her and kissing her.
On the same day, another woman, the ninth alleged victim, called the police and said she match with Matthews on Hinge and went on a date on February 5, 2023.
He invited her to his residence, where he wanted to play Jenga, hang out in the hot tub and drink mimosas. She declined a drink that he had already made to give her, and proceeded to get ‘touchy’ in the tub.
She left, and soon realized he was the same person who had ‘sexually assaulted her friend about three years ago,’ the affidavit says.
On May 1, 2023, another woman – making her the tenth alleged victim – came forward to claim she met Matthews on Tinder in June of 2022 and went on a date at 11:30am.
They had coffee and walked their dogs nearby, before he invited her back to his to play Jenga. She took a shot of alcohol, and had part of a White Claw drink, but after that ‘things got fuzzy.’
The woman did not know what happened, but ended up with bite marks on her arm.
According to online reports, Matthews studied at New York Medical College.
The first woman to come forward, who waived her anonymity in an interview with CBS, said she went on a date with him in January 2023.
After her case was popularized online, more women came forward with similar stories.
She said: ‘I should have never, ever, even been able to match with him, because he shouldn’t haven’t been able to make another account.’
She undertook a rape test, which said she had intercourse, which she does not remember.
‘If they had listened to the multitude of reports they received about this person and just banned him in the first place, I would not be sitting here today having this conversation.’
‘He’s very clearly been doing this for a longtime, in a very similar fashion. And that’s terrifying.’
His attorney, Douglas Cohen, has maintained his innocence.
Screenshots of his profile on Hinge show that Matthews presented himself as a 35-year-old, 6’2 man from Madison in Wisconsin.
He called himself ‘liberal,’ and said he spoke Spanish and liked to drink.
Matthews told the women that came across his profile that he was looking for someone who is ‘equally passionate about life as I am, someone who is genuine, authentic, kind, humorous, adventurous, doesn’t take themselves too serious, well traveled, and just plain fun.’
A report by CBS revealed that despite Hinge saying he had been ‘banned,’ he still managed to maintain a profile on the app for three years after the first rape accusation.
He met and dated numerous other women afterwards.
Matthews is being held in jail without bond, pending another hearing Friday morning.