Dad Arrested for Confiscating His Teenaged Daughter's Phone
A Dallas County Criminal Court judge found Ronald Jackson, 36, not guilty of property theft Tuesday. In 2013, his daughter and her mother Michelle Steppe called the police after he confiscated the then-12-year-old child's phone for having inappropriate texts, WFAA 8 reports. He was arrested, put in jail, and posted a ,500 bail at the time.
"As a mom, I'm upset because — number one — the property belongs to me," Steppe told WFAA after the ruling. She specified she did not understand the judge's decision because the phone has always been in her name: "You can't take someone's property, regardless if you're a parent or not."
Steppe and Jackson were never married and she said he was not a part of his daughter's life until she was 7 years old. Steppe is currently dating a police officer from the same department that arrested Jackson in 2013.
"I was being a parent. You know, a child does something wrong, you teach them what's right," Jackson told CBS Local of why he decided to take the phone away in the first place. "You tell them what they did wrong and you give them a punishment to show that they shouldn't be doing that." Had Jackson been convicted, he would have faced six months in jail and a ,000 fine. The judge also ruled he could keep the confiscated phone.
After the ruling, Jackson told WFAA he planned to permanently separate himself from his daughter and her mother: "I can't ever have a relationship with them again." The now-15-year-old was not named, but she spoke during the trial to testify against her father.
No word on whether or not her mother will buy her a new one to make up for all the suffering she's been through during this difficult time, but this story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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