13-Year-Old Girl Finds Porn On New Cell Phone

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A mother and her 13-year-old daughter got more than they bargained for when they activated their new RadioShack cell phones in June 2011, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Marcia Jones alleges in a civil lawsuit against Sprint and RadioShack that after she and her daughter Morgan returned home from purchasing what they believed to be new Sprint HTC Evo 4G cell phones at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia, Ga., Morgan discovered adult and child pornography uploaded by a previous user on her device. Morgan required counseling after viewing the graphic media, the New York Daily News reports.

Curt Thompson, the Jones’ attorney, told the Daily News that RadioShack’s actions were unacceptable.

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“The reality is that RadioShack was attempting to refurbish and sell old phones,” Thompson said. “It was unconscionable to allow that to happen and to expect that not to do harm or damage to someone.”

The Journal-Constitution reported that RadioShack offered to replace the devices, but Marcia Jones isn’t satisfied with this compensation. She doesn’t want others to share her daughter’s experience with the obscene images, which motivated the lawsuit filed for “intentional infliction of emotional distress” and “deceptive trade practices,” according to the Daily News.

Sprint and RadioShack have 30 days to respond to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, the Journal-Constitution reports. RadioShack did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily News and the Journal-Constitution.

Customers have been surprised by porn on supposedly new devices in the past. ABC News reported in 2009 that a Texas mother bought a phone she thought was unused as a birthday present for her 11-year-old son at a local mall, but she and her son realized it contained a naked photo of a woman along with profane text messages.

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13 comments
SangKang
SangKang

The pitfall of technology about 90% is used for .....

cmundol
cmundol

"She required counseling." For accidentally watching porn? What! That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I watched porn when I was 12, and I thought it was awesome.

nicmart
nicmart

Millions of American parents hand their kids devices without any control over access to even the most hardcore porn. Do they not care? Are they naive? If a child has a device that accesses the Internet, there is no practical way to block access to porn. The best approach is prevention. Kids do not need smartphones, an computer time can be tightly controlled.

Aristogeiton1
Aristogeiton1

@nicmart 

I don't think you understand the point of this article, or even what happened. The girl and her mother purchased a "refurbished" phone that had adult and child pornography loaded on it. That means, 1.) The previous owner of the phone was a pedophile, and was able to sell the phone to Radioshack without them checking it. and 2.) The phone was not wiped and reset as it was supposed to, especially because it contained illegal images on it. You sound like an anarcho-primitivist, perhaps you do not need the internet. 

nicmart
nicmart

Yes, I advocate responsible parenting, so I'm a real atavist. Oh, and Steve Jobs also didn't allow his kids to have such devices, primitive that he was. @Aristogeiton1

JohnArce
JohnArce

@nicmartthink the author of the article, and even the mother in the article don't understand either.

What's this lawsuit about? Finding the porn or being sold a used phone as new? Sure, the porn bit makes it saucy and therefore more likely to stick due to media attention but you're not convincing me that it's worth a crusade just because your daughter sees some porn on her phone. Hell, there are kids out there who get pregnant at that age. I do appreciate this situation is a little more nuanced, there being child porn as well, but that's hardly the point. In fact, there are so many nuances to this, the actual point gets blurred. Radioshack sold used phones, claiming them to be new. Whatever was found on said phones is a different matter altogether.
@Aristogeiton1, is there some protocol I'm missing, that says every company that buys a phone from someone should check if that person's a pedophile?

I love the "you do not need the internet" sarcy remark. Perhaps you are convinced we can't survive without it anymore?

sunlitstormclouds
sunlitstormclouds

Radioshack is in dire straits as it is, but this revelation that they sell refurbished cell phones as new won't help. What other underhanded things is RS doing as well? Then, to top it all off, porn is left on some phones. This might put the nail in their coffin. Too bad, it's nice to have a place where I can buy harder to find watch batteries and parts for electronics, but.