Father Arrested For Taking Daughter’s Cell Phone After She Sent Rude Text Messages
A Texas man was arrested after he took his daughter’s cell phone when he found out that she was sending mean text messages to his stepdaughter. Grand Prairie police took Ronald Jackson in custody when he refused to hand over his daughter’s phone to investigators.
“I couldn’t believe they could go to this extent for a cell phone. It didn’t seem right,” Jackson told Inside Edition.
According to Jackson, the incident occurred in 2013 when his then 12-year-old daughter was using her phone to bully his girlfriend’s daughter. So like many other parents would do, he took the phone away.
“I was being a parent. You know, a child does something wrong, you teach them what’s right. You tell them what they did wrong and you give them a punishment to show them they shouldn’t being doing that,” Jackson said.
However, when Jackson’s ex-wife whose new spouse is a Grand Prairie officer found out, authorities were called and attempted to retrieve the phone.
“I didn’t want the police department telling me how to parent my child. It made no sense to me for them to show up and make a big deal out of something that was a small thing,” Jackson said.
Since Jackson didn’t give the phone to investigators, a warrant was issued and he was charged with misdemeanor theft.
“Why would you need to go arrest somebody for something like that? Don’t you have better things to do as a police officer? Aren’t there bigger crimes in the city to go take care of?” Jackson said.
Luckily, a judge ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that Jackson had stolen the phone and he was found not guilty.
Jackson’s ex says that she is the owner of the phone and therefore he had no business taking it.
In the end, Jackson was able to keep the phone.