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Texas dad who took away daughter's phone not guilty of theft

January 29, 2016 at 11:55 am 40 News
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DALLAS (AP) — A Texas father who was accused of theft after he confiscated his 12-year-old daughter’s cellphone over an inappropriate text has been acquitted of the misdemeanor charge.

A judge in Dallas found Ronald Jackson not guilty Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence.

Grand Prairie police arrested Jackson a few hours after he commandeered his daughter’s cellphone and refused to return it. The 36-year-old father says a text he found on the phone was rude.

The girl’s mother says she owns the cellphone and reported the confiscation as theft.

Jackson posted $1,500 bail to get out of jail, but later received a mailed citation for theft. He refused to pay.

The father went to court and successfully fought the citation involving his now-15-year-old daughter.

Jackson also kept the cellphone.

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  1. matrixcons January 29, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Good for you, Dad, on all accounts.

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      ltuser January 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      I’d also like to know what twisted logic says a “phone a parent buys a kid” is the kids property?.. Did she buy it with her OWN money?? Doubtful. Was she paying the monthly bill on it? Again doubtful.

      IMO dad did right too.

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  2. xjandin January 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Sounds like the mother has lost her mind. This is seriously dysfunctional on all accounts. At least the judge had some common sense.

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    • Cape Conservative January 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Perhaps this is a two-household family…similar to the mother who told her son’s father he would never see them again as she took him to Mexico to avoid suffering the consequences of his actions.

      Bravo, Dad! At least one of this child’s parents is concerned about raising a person of good character.

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      ltuser January 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      It just might be a 2 household family. I know several times while active duty, friends who were divorced but had joint custody, had a spouse (99% wives) who undermined the father.. Especially when it came to discipline.

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  3. Jean Vincent Townsend January 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    This is one of the most ridiculous cases I’ve ever heard! Since when can’t parents discipline their 12 year old kids? Aren’t we encouraged by law enforcement to monitor our children’s phones and computers so that they aren’t hit on by predators and pediphiles? This child is obviously a spoiled brat and not only deserved having her phone confiscated, but a good butt spanking!

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    • baitfish January 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      It’s not the kid who needs a butt kicking, but the mother who needs one.

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    • drillbeast January 29, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Does anyone know why the parents no longer live together?

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    • gene1940 January 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Jean, your are so right. What is going on with out Judicial System? The girl’s parents are obviously divorced or at least they should be. The Mother is using their daughter to hurt the husband. I don’t know, if it was a messy divorce but to use a child as a weapon is inexcusable. Some one along the way should have had the sense to know what was happening. This should have never gone to court. I am really concerned for our country.

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      ltuser January 29, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      IMO that trend started back in the 90s with the whole “can’t spank me” both society and the lawyers/justice system pushed on parents to where kids it seems were almost encouraged to ‘grass’ on their parents for punishing the kid…

      Then came that case iirc in 98 or so where a 15 yr sued her parents to divorce them..

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  4. mark_drummond January 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Divorced Parents using their daughter as a weapon to harm one another. Despicable.

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    • drillbeast January 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      I disagree, The father trying to to the right thing and the mother undermining his parental authority.
      Only one parent here at fault.

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      ltuser January 29, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      And from my perception/experience its 90%+ of the time, the Mother being the one doing that. Poisoning the kid(s) against dad, to get better divorce settlements…

      But the part that grates my goat is that 60 minutes way back, did an expose on it SHOWING several law firms specializing in divorce, Coaching the wives to lie about things such as “hubby was a wife beater (or coaching the kids to say he was a child abuser)” just so he automatically gets booted out of the house and plays the sympathy card for mom/kids..
      BUT nothing ever happened to those lawyers…

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  5. tiredofliberals January 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds like the mother is part of the problem. Obviously she hasn’t been monitoring her daughter’s cellphone use.

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  6. jbh2792 January 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Good for the father and Judge !
    However the judge just said not enough evidence Instead of blessing him for being a father and the other thing missing in America a ( Parent ).
    This is the only country where children have more rights than the adults except in the court system . The rich kids parents cover up their crimes and they aren’t going to call the police because they don’t want their friends to know and family
    ( that already knows ) their kid is a problem . We all know the truth real parenting don’t matter .

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  7. DonS January 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    This is typical of just how CRAZY and mindless we have become! Indeed, the mother sounds like part of the problem – likely a divorce situation!

    Our police are right on top of TRIVIAL situations, while allowing black rioters to destroy businesses, property and law abiding citizens!

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    • connie57 January 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Don, if you are referring to the rioting, looting, and burning in Baltimore a few months ago, the police respected a direct order from the mayor of Baltimore that they not interfere within a certain distance and time limit. She wanted to let the Black people of Baltimore get all their frustrations out of their systems! Unfortunately, a lot of the damage was done by the New Black Panthers, or so I have read in reports. They allegedly charter a bus to take them to the newest race riot city so they can make it a really memorable riot!

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  8. Geri Instanck January 29, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    So true, parents who have issues then using the children as weapons!  Dispicable!!  I don’t believe in retaliation, but if I did, I’d charge the mother with child endangerment for encouraging her daughter to engage in inappropriate under aged behavior – that based on the insinuation, were sexually explicit in nature…

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  9. ltpar January 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Guess there must not be any real crime in Grand Prairie, Texas to keep the Police occupied? Of course the mother of the kid now being married to a Grand Prairie Police Officer probably didn’t hurt either. Hell hat no fury like a divorced wife.

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  10. sans January 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I’m sorry for this man who lost his daughter over this. The mother is TOTALLY to blame. The mother is an extremely bad parent. She has done more damage to her daughter then she will ever realize.

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  11. justinphilpot January 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    one of 2 things would have happened if that was my kid. first she would not be sitting down for awhile or she would be in a home for incorgable kids. her choice.

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      ltuser January 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      If i was that dad, she would have had her hide tanned GOOD. It’s how i was raised and i have not become a criminal, much against the maligning people against spanking predicted..

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  12. txgoatlady January 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I suspect that this was a pi$$ing contest between two divorced persons, one of whom happened to be married to a cop. The dad took the phone as a punishment. The mom overreacted and sent her hubby’s cop buddies after him. The dad then decided to keep the phone for a full year-and-a-half instead of simply returning it after a period of time like most parents would do. Like I said. A pi$$ing contest between two “adults” and the kid gets stuck in the middle of it. I suppose it could be worse. Some moms accuse their ex-husbands of molestation or abuse in order to punish them.

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    usafoldsarge January 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    How in h e double hockey sticks did it even get to the arrest point? Are all cops beginning to suffer some sort brain illness? How about the IQ of the judge? 1500 $ bail????? A minor daughter and a vindictive ex wife?????????? Seems like the wrong parent might in charge?

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    • ringmaster January 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Whether the father was a cop or a transvestite, what were the police officers thinking of? I would have gotten back in my car and told both parents to grow up and stop wasting my time. What clown college police academy did they attend. The judge was no better by not throwing the case out .

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    • drillbeast January 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Possession of a vagina automatically make that person the “best qualified” to care for a child.
      Let’s add minority status, mental disorders and being a lesbian: no man stands a chance at getting custody.

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  14. greyguy January 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Can’t wait for dinner at their house.

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  15. namvet_822 January 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I am shocked that he was arrested over taking his daughters cell phone!  I am sick of the stories of really stupid police officers!

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  16. 1marysweet January 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I wonder if the mother and father are still together. Sounds they weren’t “together” regarding the cellphone. The father was right to take the phone away and keep it. After all, he probably paid for it. But regardless, he was just being a good father. We need more parents like him.

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    • txgoatlady January 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      The parents were divorced. The mom was actually remarried and her new husband is a cop. That is why the cops got involved in such a stupid matter.

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  17. oldsarge January 29, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    And people wonder why it takes so long to get a court date.

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  18. John Schofield January 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    How much more are we as a nation going to accept before we stand up against this insanity?!?!?! ( Tried to share this on Facebook but I couldn’t get it to pick up the article)

     

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    freedomfighter January 29, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    We are living in a world of shadows, we live under the widespread shadow cast by the PC world of one Barack Hussein Obama. His rules, his agendas, his views of right and wrong.We have already been stripped, as parents, of the right to punish our Children, because their little feelings get hurt, when they get a spat on the butt. But now, the long reaching arm of the law has tried to even take away, further, our ability to punish them by taking away privileges, when they are disobedient, and seemingly unaware of the dangers posed to them by the world in which we now live. I believe we all, as parents, in our youth, spent time in the woodshed, in our rooms, and at times even in a corner, as our parents tried to get us to understand that obedience brings the opposite of discipline. We have all walked the path of our Children, and all were handled in various ways. We, as do they, thought we knew more than they, who have already been down the path we traveled. Protection of our Children is even more important in the times in which we now live, than they were in our own times growing up. We did not have rapists of children, internet where they have no idea of what or who they are telling their deepest secrets to. A murderer, thief, rapist, pedophile, and the likes are put into prison for their acts against society, yet, we are not allowed to teach out Children the realities of living good lives, through any type of punishment, or obedience guidance.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 29, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      A few years back i remember a news story of one mom who Sold her sons Nintendo and games, just as a discipline lesson to him. And though there was a good 80% of the responses to the news article in her support, there was still that 20% who were calling her names, and abusive to her son for abusing him that way..

      Its not just the legal system to blame, but all the liberal nannies in society as well.

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  20. Jon Nissen January 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    This is a bit of a misleading headline. The VERY critical fact that the father seems not to be the custodial parent changes the entire perspective. The father should have turned the phone over to the girl’s mother, explained why he took it, and let her deal with it from there.

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  21. nvrick January 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    If I were the supervisor of the officer who arrested the father, that cop would be walking the coldest, loneliest beat in the district. (Preferably an area that had no restaurants or open businesses to get warm in.) It seems that more and more officers are failing to use common sense and discretion. I saw signs of this before retiring as a police supervisor after 30 years of service, but some of the articles I read seem to show more and more of this lack of common sense.

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  22. Jon Nissen January 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I am not denying that the father did what he felt was right, but I do understand what happened here, and knowing that the phone was the mother’s changes the narrative of the story.

    Yes, I think that he did the right thing, but there is more to it that you wouldn’t know from the headlines.

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  23. scallywag January 30, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Clearly the ex wife was bein vindictive. And not thinking of their daughter’s well being. The father was doing his parental job and keeping tabs on his impressionable daughter. There should be some counseling here for the sake of the daughter as there be other problems arising in the future and two parents are better than one.

    Time for the mother to growup.

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  24. Gary H January 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    It looks like its more about the mom than the daughter, she may not even have wanted her dad to get in that serious of trouble.  This is about two parents most likely divorced that still argue, but the mom should use the opportunity to show unity in parenting,  she may have eventually got the phone back that way.

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  25. samianne January 30, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Yesterday I read (don’t ask me where, sorry) that the father and mother are divorced and she is remarried to a police officer. She filed a complaint for theft and officers from the new husband’s workplace showed up at 2am to collect the father on a theft warrant for the cell phone. Sounds like mom was trying to cut him out of his daughters life, and I heard she was successful.

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