24/09/2009 05:00 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Innocent Bath Time Photos Lead To Arrest

Open up a photo album in most parent's homes and you'll probably discover hundreds of images of a child happily running around, playing and taking their first crawl, their first step, and their first bath.

But what if that spontaneous snap shot could lead to your life, and that of your child, being turned upside down? Unfortunately in our current society, taking an innocent snap of your baby in the bath could lead to arrest, losing your job, and even being put on the sex offenders list.

That's what happened to Anthony and Lisa Demaree:
Anthony and Lisa Demaree arrived back from holiday and handed in their photos to be developed at their local Wal-Mart. 8 of the photos were of their 3 children playing during bath time. The Wal-Mart photo clerk raised the red flag to the images and called in the police who then arrested the couple and took their kids into care. The children remained in care for a month, until a medical examiner confirmed that there were no signs of abuse and the judge threw out the case. Lisa was also suspended from her job at a school for over a year and the couple claim they were put on the sex offenders list.

This isn't the first time this has happened either, with similar cases including television newsreader Julia Somerville who was accused of holding pornographic material of her 7 year old daughter in the bath, something she and her boyfriend Jeremy Dixon strenuously deny.

Whilst it's important to keep an eye out for any signs of abuse, it's also important that as a society we don't send out a message that a naked baby or child innocently having a bath or playing about on the beach is a negative thing.


Do you think the clerk and the police did the right thing?