A police officer in Florida is suing a dating site for using his photo in an advertisement, according to a Sun-Sentinel report.
Golden Beach police officer David Guzman is married, but his photo appeared on a Facebook page to promote UniformDating.com, which is a dating site for military members and first responders, as Jason, 33, and single.
According to the report, the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Miami alleges the company used Guzman's picture across multiple social media platform advertisements. In an example provided by a Fort Lauderdale-based attorney, Guzman's photo was posted on Instagram with a comment saying "Bulletproof vest? Nah, it's all muscle."
The company filed a response denying the charges, according to the report, saying that Guzman, or someone with his personal information, created a dating profile on its site.
Guzman's wife saw the photo and asked why he was on a dating site, according to the lawsuit. He told her he had no idea, which prompted him to contact the company and demand they take down the advertisement. Guzman says the company was "astonishingly demanding" that he prove his identity before removing the ads.
According to the lawsuit, Guzman is married with children and has never used, nor had any interest, in the dating app.
But according to the response filed by the company, while investigating Guzman's claim, they found a user profile on their site matching his actual date of birth and email address, according to the report. In addition, the company's data showed that whoever uploaded Guzman's profile visited UnifromDating.com only one time, suggesting "that creation of the profile was a momentary dalliance," the company says.
Guzman’s suit contends that the company is still using his picture, even after he sent a copy of his driver’s license to prove his identity, according to the report. The company said it removed Guzman’s images within days of his request.