Now, he has more debt to pay for.  Instead of “stealing” his 12 year old daughter’s phone, he should have shut the line off.   Sadly, the line is under the mother.  It really is sad that a mother would not find an inappropriate text to a child a problem.

A Dallas County jury found a father not guilty Tuesday of theft for taking away his daughter’s cell phone as punishment.

Ronald Jackson, 36, was charged with theft of property of at least $50 but under $500, a Class B misdemeanor.

Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green ordered the jury to find Jackson not guilty after ruling the state failed to present sufficient evidence to continue the case.

Jackson said he took his 12-year-old daughter’s cell phone as punishment after finding inappropriate texts in September 2013. A few hours later, officers from the Grand Prairie Police Department showed up at his front door, asking for the iPhone 4 back.

“At that point, I decided the police don’t interfere with my ability to parent my daughter,” Jackson said.

Yeah, I would have had that same fascist tendency to take the phone.

Michelle Steppe, the child’s mother, sees it differently.

“As a mom, I’m upset because — number one — the property belongs to me,” she said.

Steppe told jurors on Monday she called police the day her daughter lost the use of her phone for disciplinary reasons.

That’s it mom?  Losing phone privileges?  I am not a big fan of children and cellphones.  I do recognize the value for many in that it is an emergency link to a parental unit.  IMHO, this mom is raising a problem.

Three months after the phone incident, Jackson received a citation in the mail for theft of property less than $50 in value, a Class C misdemeanor. According to court documents, the city attorney’s office offered a plea deal in January 2014 if Jackson returned the phone.

Jackson hired an attorney and requested a jury trial in municipal court.

Court filings indicate the city attorney’s office requested the case be dismissed that same month and refiled with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office as a more stringent Class B misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Cameron Gray, a defense attorney representing Jackson, said a warrant was issued, and his client was arrested at his home in the middle of the night in April 2015. Jackson posted a cash bail of $1,500 to get out of jail.

What’s worse is this mother is causing a problem for the citizens of the county called waste of money.