Fallen Army Ranger’s mom outraged her son’s photo being used for online dating

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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (KMSP) -- A Minnesota mother is furious to say the least -- after photos of her late son appear on several dating websites. Jill Stephenson has been working hard to keep the memory her son, Ben Kopp, alive.

Kopp was an Army Ranger who died while serving in Afghanistan five years ago. His mom posted several pictures of Kopp on social media to honor his sacrifice and keep his spirit alive.

Little did she know, someone would use those photos to create a fake online dating profile. The person is on at least three different dating websites.

"He lived an honorable life, and I think that's important to continue to share that with everybody," she said. "It made me sick to my stomach, to be honest. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and in this case, I don't think it is."

Stephenson fears for the safety of those who the user may be communicating with under false pretenses.

"Maybe that this gentleman is imitating a hero, but he's not one himself. Ben lived his life honorably, and he died honorably for our country, and this man is polar opposite of what that is," she said. "He's luring them with a photo of a man who looks nothing like him, so they think they are going to meet this young, good-looking guy and they could show up and not know who he is."

FOX 9 in Minneapolis reached out to the person using Kopp's photos, but there was no response. In the meantime, the mother has spoken with an attorney to see if there are any actions she can take against the user.

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