Court rules on dad arrested for taking teen daughter's phone

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Court Rules On Dad Arrested For Taking Teen Daughter's Phone
It's fairly common to punish a misbehaving child by taking belongings away, but for one Texas dad, it got him arrested.

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The incident happened in 2013 when Ronald Jackson confiscated his then-12-year-old daughter's iPhone 4 after finding a rude text about a woman.

He says he was simply "being a parent."

At the request of the child's mother, Michelle Steppe, police arrived at his house soon after to retrieve the phone, but he would not hand it over.

Jackson explains, "At that point, I decided the police don't interfere with my ability to parent my daughter."

He was jailed for his refusal and released after posting bail but about a year and a half later was charged with misdemeanor theft.

This past Tuesday, he was found not guilty due to a lack of evidence to proceed.

The mother still maintains that his possession of the phone is illegal because she paid for the device—which he still has—and the service plan.

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