Couple sues Walmart after employee looked at their naked girl picturesBy Mason White 6:36 AM March 12, 2013
|The photo that was reported to police by Walmart|
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A couple had to endure losing custody of their children and being registered on a sex registry list after a Walmart employee looked at their private pictures which showed their little girls taking a bath, according to court proceedings in Arizona.
The Arizona couple is suing Walmart U.S. stores after being falsely accused of taking pornographic photos of their three daughters.
Lisa and Anthony Demaree lost custody of their children for a month and said they spent more than $75,000 in legal fees as a result of the case.
It all started in 2008 when the Demarees took some holiday photos to develop at their local Walmart store.
A Walmart employee expressed concern with the store manager on several bath time pictures the couple had taken of their daughters, who were 18 months, 4 and 5-years-old.
Instead of getting their happy photos, the couple was reported to the police and their children were taken into custody of the Bureau of Child Protective Services in Arizona.
A medical examination of the girls showed no signs of sexual abuse and a month later, a judge ruled that the photos were innocent and not child pornography.
The Demarees regained custody of their children, but in the meantime, had to bear their name being included in the sex offender registry.
Lisa Demaree was also suspended from her job at a local school for a year, while the investigation was ongoing.
“We have lost a year of life with our children,” Lisa Demaree told a television news station.
Recently, the family’s lawyer argued that Walmart committed fraud by failing to inform customers that the employees are reviewing photographs.
The lawsuit also claims negligence by untrained employees who were given the authority to make assumptions about the content of the images and report them to the police, the lawyer said.
Walmart has argued that employees are immune from prosecution.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view