I-Team finds changes to online mug shots - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

I-Team finds changes to online mug shots

Posted: Updated:
Toledo, OH -

A follow up now to a 13abc I-team investigation from just about a year ago.  There is good news for people whose lives were being ruined by a picture.

It's the mug shot.  One of the lasting memories if you're accused of a crime.  For some people making a picture like this go away was costing them big money.  Some called it extortion.  The I-Team has learned that problem is going away. 

As the I-Team showed you last year, for some people a quick Google search of their name would not bring up family photos or Facebook profiles, but their mug shot.  It was hurting people trying to get jobs because if an employer put your name in, and even if the charges were dropped, a mug shot would pop up.  But help is here.   

"You're not going to see these mug shots appearing on the first or second page of Google.  And it's buried very far down the list to the point where they are getting a lot less traffic," said attorney Scott Ciolek.

A lawsuit through Ciolek has changed the way Google lists these mug shot websites that were charging people to have them removed.  Ciolek says companies like Paypal and Visa that accepted the payments in the past have now backed away

"Once I think Google understood what the business model was, once Paypal and Visa understood that they were being used for extortion, they quickly distanced themselves from the operation," said Ciolek.   

The suit brought attention to the issue.  Ciolek's clients won't be making money out of all this, but it's an investment in their reputations.

"The effect of this is increased privacy and allow people to move forward with their lives," said Ciolek.  "I think there's going to be a dramatic decrease in the actual commercialization of the mug shot as a result of this lawsuit."

  • LocalMore>>

  • Bryan police chief stepping down; new chief named

    Bryan police chief stepping down; new chief named

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:25:04 GMT
    Could new leadership bring a break in a cold case murder that the 13abc I-Team profiled recently? The community of Bryan may soon find out. There will be a new police chief in Bryan starting Mid-September. And that chief will have one major case hanging over his department as it has been over the last 5 years. Bryan police chief Jeff Arnold submitted his resignation Friday and the city council voted to accept it in a special meeting Monday. He will leave his post September 14th.
    Could new leadership bring a break in a cold case murder that the 13abc I-Team profiled recently? The community of Bryan may soon find out. There will be a new police chief in Bryan starting Mid-September. And that chief will have one major case hanging over his department as it has been over the last 5 years. Bryan police chief Jeff Arnold submitted his resignation Friday and the city council voted to accept it in a special meeting Monday. He will leave his post September 14th.
  • Toppled rail cars remain along tracks after Springfield Twp. train derailment

    Toppled rail cars remain along tracks after Springfield Twp. train derailment

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:06:26 GMT
    25 days after a train derailed at the Crissey Road Crossing, 11 overturned rail cars and piles of other parts remain between the tracks and Old Airport Highway. 
    25 days after a train derailed at the Crissey Road Crossing, 11 overturned rail cars and piles of other parts remain between the tracks and Old Airport Highway. 

  • West Nile virus found in Ottawa Hills

    West Nile virus found in Ottawa Hills

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:01:31 GMT
    West Nile is in Northwest Ohio. Biologists are confirming that 30 mosquitos tested positive for the virus. The test site where the infected mosquitos were found is in the Ottawa Hills area by Central Avenue. 30 mosquitos gathered around the second week of July were found to be carrying the virus. Health officials warn just one bite from an infected mosquito can give you the virus. In most people, West Nile feels like the flu, with aches, pains and fatigue. In some, the virus can be very ...
    West Nile is in Northwest Ohio. Biologists are confirming that 30 mosquitos tested positive for the virus. The test site where the infected mosquitos were found is in the Ottawa Hills area by Central Avenue. 30 mosquitos gathered around the second week of July were found to be carrying the virus. Health officials warn just one bite from an infected mosquito can give you the virus. In most people, West Nile feels like the flu, with aches, pains and fatigue. In some, the virus can be very ...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • West Nile virus found in Ottawa Hills

    West Nile virus found in Ottawa Hills

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:01:31 GMT
    West Nile is in Northwest Ohio. Biologists are confirming that 30 mosquitos tested positive for the virus. The test site where the infected mosquitos were found is in the Ottawa Hills area by Central Avenue. 30 mosquitos gathered around the second week of July were found to be carrying the virus. Health officials warn just one bite from an infected mosquito can give you the virus. In most people, West Nile feels like the flu, with aches, pains and fatigue. In some, the virus can be very ...
    West Nile is in Northwest Ohio. Biologists are confirming that 30 mosquitos tested positive for the virus. The test site where the infected mosquitos were found is in the Ottawa Hills area by Central Avenue. 30 mosquitos gathered around the second week of July were found to be carrying the virus. Health officials warn just one bite from an infected mosquito can give you the virus. In most people, West Nile feels like the flu, with aches, pains and fatigue. In some, the virus can be very ...
  • Bryan police chief stepping down; new chief named

    Bryan police chief stepping down; new chief named

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:25:04 GMT
    Could new leadership bring a break in a cold case murder that the 13abc I-Team profiled recently? The community of Bryan may soon find out. There will be a new police chief in Bryan starting Mid-September. And that chief will have one major case hanging over his department as it has been over the last 5 years. Bryan police chief Jeff Arnold submitted his resignation Friday and the city council voted to accept it in a special meeting Monday. He will leave his post September 14th.
    Could new leadership bring a break in a cold case murder that the 13abc I-Team profiled recently? The community of Bryan may soon find out. There will be a new police chief in Bryan starting Mid-September. And that chief will have one major case hanging over his department as it has been over the last 5 years. Bryan police chief Jeff Arnold submitted his resignation Friday and the city council voted to accept it in a special meeting Monday. He will leave his post September 14th.
  • Toppled rail cars remain along tracks after Springfield Twp. train derailment

    Toppled rail cars remain along tracks after Springfield Twp. train derailment

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:06:26 GMT
    25 days after a train derailed at the Crissey Road Crossing, 11 overturned rail cars and piles of other parts remain between the tracks and Old Airport Highway. 
    25 days after a train derailed at the Crissey Road Crossing, 11 overturned rail cars and piles of other parts remain between the tracks and Old Airport Highway. 

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!