Three women who met the same man through an online dating service have something else in common. A judge has granted all three protection orders against him.
"Harassment and protection orders,” said one of the women, because of text messages he's sent each of them hundreds of times. “That he wasn't interested in dating me he, just wanted to sleep with me, vile, hurtful things.”
Channel 6 News won't identify "Ross" because he's not been charged with a crime in this harassment case, but claims the women have abused the protection order process. “These women colluded to file a protection order against me to embarrass me. They don't want me dating.”
The women, who asked not to be identified, testified about humiliating texts Ross sent them, like a picture of women’s panties on his door. “Tell all your bitter friends and Mike McKnight.”
And a Craigslist public invitation allegedly posted about one of them. “Stop by my company to get laid on the first date and he puts my phone number.”
Two of the women say they became concerned when they received a text from the man they'd been dating referring to a news article about someone arrested for secretly videotaping women in the shower. “So when he sent me that text message referencing a videotape, I was very concerned he actually had done that.”
Ross denies he secretly videotaped any of the women and claims the texts are just words. “There’s nothing in that petition that's says I've done anything that's threatening.”
Ross received a summons to tell his side to a judge, but he didn't show up, claiming the justice system would side against him anyway. The women say the text evidence they presented is why he stood them up in court. “I'm so tired of when I'm going to run into him and when the next text will come and I don't want to live like that.”
Now that a judge has approved protection orders, each woman has filed a complaint to get him removed from a dating service. Ross says he's done nothing to deserve that. Still, the dating service tells Fact Finders it will look into the allegations.
So what should women or men who use online dating sites do to check out someone they just met? One Source Background says to start by googling the person. Try searching Nebraska.gov for court and legal actions. It may seem uncomfortable, but ask for their date of birth. That will make it easier to run your own background check.