When he discovered that his 12-year-old daughter was sending inappropriate text messages, Ronald Jackson of Grand Prairie, Texas, confiscated her iPhone 4S as punishment – and because of that, he landed in jail!
It turned out Ronald’s ex-wife Michelle Steppe, the child’s mother, filed a case against him at the police station where her current husband was working. According to the NY Post, Michelle claimed that the cellphone was hers and that Ronald stole it when he confiscated it from their daughter.
She said, “As a mom, I’m upset because — number one — the property belongs to me!”
The poor dad could only scratch his head in frustration, saying he was not stealing the phone but was only trying to discipline his daughter. But because the case was already in court, Ronald was forced to pay $1,500 bail for his temporary freedom.
“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,” Ronald said. “I was being a parent. You know, a child does something wrong, you teach them what’s right.”
Thankfully, 3 years after the incident happened, Ronald was finally acquitted of the theft; though he has kept the phone. The judge could not see any reason to make Ronald pay for the phone or to jail him for theft, citing insufficient evidence.
At last, his ordeal is finished – but so is his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife. According to Ronald, “I have to separate myself from them. I can’t ever have a relationship with them again.”
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