A 28-year-old mother of four has filed a lawsuit against a background check website, saying the company used her attractive arrest booking photo for commercial and advertising purposes without compensating her or getting her permission.
Meagan Simmons, of Zephyrhills, filed the lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court against InstantCheckmate.com.
Simmons claims in the lawsuit that the image’s exposure has disturbed her peace of mind, invaded her privacy and caused her mental anguish. The suit seeks monetary damages and an injunction to prevent further use of her picture.
According to the lawsuit, Simmons’ image popped up on countless websites where she was branded “a hot convict.”
The photo was taken after her arrest in Tampa on a charge of driving under the influence at Dakota Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard early in the morning of July 25, 2010.