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Father arrested after taking away cellphone of 12-year-old daughter who sent inappropriate text messages

By Mason White 3:50 PM January 27, 2016
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A father who took away a cellphone from his young daughter as a punishment, was arrested on a charge of theft, police in Texas said.

Now, 36-year-old Ronald Jackson of Dallas, has been found not guilty of theft after being accused of taking away his 12-year-old daughter’s cellphone.

If convicted, Jackson could have faced up to six months in prison and a fine of $2,000.

Luckily, Dallas County criminal court Judge Lisa Green ordered the jury to find Jackson not guilty of theft, saying that prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Jackson said that he took the phone away from his 12-year-old daughter as punishment after finding inappropriate text messages.

A few hours later, police officers knocked on his door, ordering him to give back the phone. Jackson refused, saying that he has the right to discipline his own daughter.

He was then arrested in middle of the night, on a charge of theft. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $1,500.

Jackson vowed never to have a relationship with his daughter.

The father is planning to file a federal lawsuit against the police, claiming that his civil rights were violated.