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Ohio lawyer sues mugshot websites

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio attorney is taking on Internet websites that post mugshots of people who get arrested.

Toledo lawyer Scott Ciolek filed a class-action lawsuit against five such websites in Lucas County this week. He argues that the sites charge a fee to remove photos — even if an individual has been found not guilty or the charges were dismissed.

The (Toledo) Blade reports the suit names two plaintiffs and five commercial sites that post photos of people who are arrested.

Ciolek said more plaintiffs and defendants could be named.

One man told the newspaper that while his 2011 failure-to-disperse charge was dismissed earlier this year, his mug shot remains online.

Arrest photos are considered public record and are often published on police agency websites.