Authorities arrested a Grand Prairie, Texas, father for taking his daughter's cell phone away as a form of punishment.
In 2013, Ronald Jackson discovered a text message on his daughter's phone that he found to be "rude." He took the phone away from his daughter, who was 12-years-old at the time, to teach her a lesson.
"I was being a parent..." Jackson told KDVR. "...A child does something wrong, you teach them what’s right. You tell them what they did wrong and you give them a punishment to show them they shouldn’t being doing that"
Jackson's ex-wife, who is married to a Grand Prairie police officer, found out what he did and called police to get the phone back to her daughter. Jackson refused.
"I didn’t want the police department telling me how to parent my child," he said. "It made no sense to me for them to show up and make a big deal out of something that was a small thing."
After a year and a half, police issued a warrant for Jackson's arrest, and he was charged with misdemeanor theft.
"Why would you need to go arrest somebody for something like that?" Jackson questioned. "Don’t you have better things to do as a police officer? Aren’t there bigger crimes in the city to go take care of?"
Now, a Dallas County judge has ruled there was not enough evidence that Jackson had committed theft. He was found not guilty of the crime, and the judge allowed him to keep the confiscated phone.
His ex-wife said that if he had returned the cell phone in the beginning, then he could have avoided the trouble.