My Opinion: Why google should treat revenge porn and mugshot sites the same.

A few year’s back Google adjusted its search algorithm to demote mugshot sites. While that was a nice try and a great start, this company should do more like extending the same courtesy to mugshot scam victims that revenge porn site victims have to remove links from search results. Also, this company shouldn’t allow mugshot removal scams to take place on blogspot.

Preface:
Until recently, James Howard Patton of Navasota, Texas, was using google’s blogspot platform to operate a “sexy” mugshot website which surprisingly promoted a removal site that he also happened to operate. The lucky women deemed sexy enough to make an appearance on his site were tagged in such a fashion that ensured their prominent ranking in a google search query. He also took it upon himself to editorialize upon official charges brought against these women. Here’s one example:

“According to public arrest records, it seems [name remove] knows how to make a fool of herself –with a little booze.”

The irony is, of course, that this former funeral home director has a history of being very sensitive about others mentioning the salacious details of his 2009 arrest for abuse of a corpse. JamesHowardPattonTexastroll

I felt it was bullshit that someone who got busted taking naughty pictures with a non-consenting female corpse while under investigation by police for online harassment of his ex-girlfriend was trying to pull off a mugshot scam targeting women half his age –so I decided to launch a protest. In response to this protest, Patton offered to remove all mugshots from his blog site for free along with his associated removal site:JamesPattonmugshotremoval

So far, it looks like Patton has posted statements on only about a dozen websites basically expressing how strongly he disagrees with anyone interfering with his first amendment right to use public records in order to scam people. One of his criticisms towards this blog is actually not all that far off:

“I can’t seem to get it through my fuckin’ thick skull that mugshots and public records are public information”

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to contact lawmakers about the commercial misuse of mugshots.

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I found another sketchy website the other day called ohmymugshot.com. Check out the homepage banner:ohmybanner

That crying girl is a real nice touch, but even more charming is that their disclaimer almost looks like it was actually written by a real lawyer:

The information included on this website is for entertainment and informational purposes only and is reflective of actual news reports, stories and feeds from around the world, including appropriate source links and text. The informational materials are not the creation of the site’s owner. In any legal cases concerning those charged or accused, the site owner believes in the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise in a court of law. The information contained herein is not intended as a platform for offending anyone or any party involved directly or indirectly. Furthermore, it is not intended as an outlet to defame, purge or humiliate anyone or any party involved directly or indirectly. Comments left by visitors and viewers are the sole responsibility of the comment authors and in no way reflect the opinions or views of the site’s owner. The owner cannot verify the accuracy of any information provided by the reporting news sources and source links and takes no responsibility over validity of information posted in comments sections. Those leaving comments, any sites linking to this site, as well as any news sources are in no way affiliated with the site’s owner. The owner is not responsible for any information shared with another party, website or additional media outlet. This site is not compensated to present or for the presentation of any material contained herein. Mugshots appearing on this website are pulled from the governing agencies in which the photo originated. Any additional photos may be collected from a variety of “public” profiles and sources.

Conveniently, this website’s owner is nice enough to provide a few links to what I’m sure is yet another trustworthy reputation outfit called topdogpr.com. The blogger(s) at topdogpr.com keep their readers up to date about current events surrounding mugshot sites. Here is just one example of a priceless insight:

“At least, you say, the mugshot websites can no longer make any money, right?
 Well, not so fast. If you visit any of these sites, you will notice banner advertisements. When a visitor clicks on one of the ads, guess who makes a commission?

Bet the lawyers and the lawmakers didn’t see that one coming.”

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Now, I just don’t feel that last comment was very fair of Mr. James Howard Patton given that people in Texas have gone to an awful lot of trouble in order to stop “businessmen” like him:

Domain Name: TOPDOGPR.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1870187145_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Update Date: 2014-08-07 22:10:39
Creation Date: 2014-08-07 22:10:39
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-08-07 22:10:39
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.480-624-2505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: James Patton
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: xxx
Registrant City: xxx
Registrant State/Province: Texas
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Phone: xxx
Registrant Email:xxx
Mr. Patton’s websites aren’t ranked high in the search engines yet (and please don’t visit them) but I think America is sick and tired of these same old scams. BUT if you’re STILL NOT CONVINCED that google should continue to thwart mugshot websites then CLICK HERE:

Is Former Houston Funeral Director James Howard Patton A Necrophiliac?

For more completely unrelated news, here is another blog’s take on this particular website:

JANUARY 14, 2015

Mugshot blog exploits attractive female criminals — Are you one of them?

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The internet is still relatively new ( only 25-years-old). So, it’s a lot like the wild west. While there are plenty of laws pertaining to use and behavior while online (depending on state/country), there are still parts of the web that are pretty much lawless — and there are also parts of the web that push the envelope when it comes to free speech and use of public records. The blog Oh My Mugshot is one of those sites that pushes that envelope, to the point that may be offensive to some people. That’s especially if you’re an attractive woman who’s ever been arrested.
The blog’s writer(s) peruse the internet several times a week to find the latest arrests — and the accompanying mugshots ordinarily shared by media reports or police departments from all over the country. They sift through these mugshots to find the most attractive women and then they search the names in Facebook and on other social media networks. From there, a profile is posted publicly onthe blog showing an attractive selfie or other photo posted to the women’s public profiles alongside their embarrassing mugshots.

The mugshot blog has been up for a year or two, and it doesn’t look like it will end any time soon. That’s because it’s somehow affiliated with a service that charges people to have their mugshots removed from the internet — which seems like quite the scam. Have you ever been arrested anywhere in the United States? Is your mugshot publicly available online through a police department or any other source? If so, you may want to search the Oh My Mugshot blog to see if you’re one of the numerous women being exploited for click money.

Mugshot Removal

Recent studies have shown that one in three people under the age of 23-years-old have been arrested, which is an astonishing number of people. USA Today reports that the arrests of young people have become rather commonplace, which is an unfortunate side effect of new policies and laws. Getting arrested when you’re young — or really any age — is not a big deal when the crimes committed aren’t serious, but unfortunately mugshots can — and do — become publicly available. They’re shared in media reports, released by police departments and even posted in public places in some situations.

Your mugshot can be used against you in many ways:

Potential employers, landlords or property managers may choose not to hire you or rent to you based on seeing your mugshot in a Google search. It’s one thing to be able to view an arrest report with your name attached to it, but mugshots ordinarily show us when we’re at our worst. That’s not a good impression to give a potential employer or someone who may rent a home to you.

Friends, family members or potential lovers may alienate you. If your mugshot is easily found online, people in your life may distance themselves from you to avoid social embarrassment.

Bullies may use the mugshot against you to embarrass you or torment you.

Worse yet, companies and individuals may use your mugshot to promote their services or advertise their businesses. Your image may be used right now without you even knowing about it. Your mugshot could also go viral and become a meme. Nobody wants that.

If your mugshot is on this blog and you want it removed, there are two ways to go about this. 

  1. If you have been cleared of the charges related to the arrest/mugshot discussed on this blog, contact Crime Scene Media with a scanned copy showing the dismissal of your case or the innocent ruling.

2.  Click here and have your mugshot removed from the internet.

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