An Ohio police officer was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had used police data in order to get the contact details of women and bombard them with flirtatious comments. Rossford Police Officer Glenn Goss Jr. originally sent messages to Taylor Yarder in the hours after he let her off on a speeding ticket, but he finally faced justice when another woman, Emily Hackler, fought back.
- The messages to Yarder were totally inappropriate. While it’s unlikely she was the first woman Goss Jr. contacted, the messages he sent her should never have been sent. “He goes, ‘You were almost in trouble’—sweating emoji face—‘The next person I stopped wasn’t so lucky haha’,” Yarder recalled to NBC 24. “I thought maybe he had put a report in and was going to give me a ticket after the fact.” While she ignored the messages and never responded, she still held onto them.
- Then Emily Hackler made her messages from Goss Jr. public. Hackler claimed that the officer followed her home on the way from the gym before messaging her out of the blue. “He’s taking all the same turns as I am. He’s right there behind me the whole five, 10-minute drive and luckily he makes a turn right before I have to turn to go home,” Hackler said.
- Soon, she got a text from an unknown number. Goss Jr. made comments about the speed Hackler had been driving and joked about how fun it was to “race her” before telling her she was a “hottie” and insisting that he “didn’t mean to come off as unprofessional.”
- Goss Jr. got her phone number by using their license plate numbers. After Hackler asked Goss how on earth he got her information, he responded by laughingly admitting that he ran her plates. “It was terrifying that someone like this is working as an officer, has access to millions of people’s information and can do this with anybody,” Hackler said. Not long after, Yarder came forward with her own messages.
- He was suspended before eventually resigning. Hackler initially said that an “underground investigation” was taking place, but not long after, Goss Jr. resigned from the force altogether.
- Hackler and Yarder don’t think that’s enough. Both women don’t believe that allowing him to resign sends a strong enough message for his inappropriate behavior. “No matter how many hateful comments you get, you know you did the right thing for your safety and for other women’s safety,” Hackler said. “I want to see him fired, never allowed to be in a police force again, and shoot, maybe he should even be considered a sexual predator because this is something serious.” The Department of Public Safety is said to be continuing to look into the incident.