Officer Glenn Goss Jr. resigned in June after a social media put up accusing him of following a girl dwelling went viral.
ROSSFORD, Ohio — A Rossford police officer who resigned in June after being positioned on go away throughout an investigation for alleged misconduct has pleaded responsible to a minimum of one cost in opposition to him.
Glenn Goss Jr. was indicted in September on two fifth-degree felony counts of unauthorized use of the Legislation Enforcement Automated Database System (LEADS), one third-degree rely of tampering with proof and two misdemeanor counts of menacing by stalking,
Goss Jr. was positioned on administrative go away in June, shortly after social media posts had been shared that accused him of utilizing police know-how to achieve private details about girls he encountered.
In line with the indictment, the grand jury discovered that on or about Aug. 10, 2019, Goss Jr. “did knowingly achieve entry to, try to achieve entry to, trigger entry to be granted to, or disseminate info gained from entry to the legislation enforcement automated database system created pursuant to part 5503.10 of the Revised Code with out the consent of, or past the scope of the categorical or implied consent of, the chair of the legislation enforcement automated knowledge system steering committee.”
On June 16, Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon III introduced that Goss resigned earlier than the investigation was accomplished. Nevertheless, MacKinnon additionally mentioned on the time that the town “continued and accomplished its investigation and concluded there have been grounds for termination.”
“For the reason that officer resigned previous to the completion of the investigation, no additional administrative or employment motion is feasible. Nevertheless, the outcomes of the investigation and termination suggestion will stay in Officer Goss’ personnel file,” MacKinnon wrote.
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Simply earlier than Goss’ go away was introduced, a widely-circulated social media put up accused him of following a girl dwelling from the health club when he was off-duty, then utilizing the instruments accessible to him as a police officer to search for her license plate quantity to establish and speak to her on social media. Emily Hackler made that put up, which has since gone viral.
“I acquired dwelling and a pair hours later that is once I acquired the primary message…good racing you, we weren’t racing I used to be being adopted!” mentioned Hackler.
Hackler was not the one one to return out with screenshots of messaged Goss Jr. despatched. Taylor Yarder noticed Emily’s put up and instantly remembered Goss additionally messaged her final summer season, after pulling her over.
“I saved the messages and I used to be like nicely if this occurs once more I will have proof, if I ever get pulled over by him and he asks me once more. After which I noticed this women put up and I used to be utterly shocked. And I used to be like nicely if he is doing this to different girls perhaps I ought to step ahead so we are able to get one thing finished about it” mentioned Yarder.
MacKinnon’s information launch mentioned that the prison investigation and any potential prison prices will proceed independently of the executive motion taken. The Ohio Bureau of Legal Investigation and Identification is the state company dealing with the case.
Here’s a have a look at screenshots taken of 1 such encounter on Fb messenger:
Listed here are further screenshots from an incident that allegedly occurred final yr:
Officers say that as a result of know-how that was allegedly violated, the Division of Public Security might be investigating.
Earlier in June, the chief did not immediately tie Goss Jr.’s go away to the put up.
Goss Jr. is the son of Glenn Goss Sr., the previous Rossford police chief who stepped down in 2018. He had mentioned that stepping down was “immediately associated to my son working right here.”
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Goss Sr. employed his son again in 2016 and referred to as his son a “true junior” following in his dad’s footsteps.
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