Lawsuit: Child’s cell phone had porn

A DeKalb County mother believed she was purchasing two new cell phones for herself and her 13-year-old daughter. But when the two got home, they found pornographic images put on the phones by someone else, according to a civil lawsuit filed in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Instead of being new phones, RadioShack sold Marcia Jones and her daughter refurbished devices, the lawsuit states.

“They were clearly not new phones,” Curt Thompson, attorney for Jones, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The teenager went through counseling after being exposed to the graphic images, the family contends in the suit, which seeks unspecified damages.

RadioShack offered to swap the phones for others, but that wasn’t enough for Jones, her lawyer contends. Jones wants the company to take the situation seriously so that others are not exposed to the unexpected images.

Sprint is also named in the lawsuit because it licenses the phones, Thompson said. The incident happened in June 2011.

A manager at the RadioShack store in The Mall at Stonecrest had no comment Tuesday when contacted by Channel 2 Action News. The corporate office in Texas did not respond to a call from Channel 2.

Coleman said the companies named in the suit have 30 days to respond to the allegations.

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