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    50-year-old Raffaela Spone accused of harassing/bullying teen girls over a Cheerleading spot for her daughter

    . DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A Bucks County, Pennsylvania mother allegedly sent deepfake photos and video of her teenage daughter's cheerleading rivals depicting them naked, drinking and smoking to their coaches in a bid to get them kicked off the team.

    Investigators say 50-year-old Raffaela Spone was trying to get the girls kicked off the team, the Victory Vipers, in Chalfont.

    Spone is accused of manipulating photos from the social media accounts of three girls to make it look like they were drinking and smoking, and even digitally altered them to make the girls appear naked.

    "The suspect is alleged to have taken a real picture and edited it through some photoshopping app to make it look like this teenaged girl had no clothes on to appear nude. When in reality that picture was a screengrab from the teenager's social media in which she had a bathing suit on," said Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub.

    Investigators say Spone also sent messages with those faked pictures to the victims suggesting they kill themselves.

    Madi Hime, 17, was on the cheer squad with Spone's daughter and said the two had a falling out. For months, Hime received text messages from an anonymous number telling her that she had no friends and should kill herself.

    "I do get hate comments, nothing to this extreme, but I was really upset," said Hime. "I was like, 'Who says this to someone? Who thinks it's ok?.' It made me more mad than upset."

    Hime says a fake video of her vaping was sent to the owner of the Victory Vipers.

    "I just knew it wasn't real because I don't do that," said Hime.

    But Spone's attorney, Robert Birch, said he can't comment because he said the DA hasn't presented any evidence.

    "She has absolutely denied what they're charging her with and because of the fact that this has hit the press, she has received death threats. She has had to go to the police herself, they have a report. Her life has been turned upside down," said Birch.

    Spone is charged with cyber harassment of a child and harassment.

    Victory Vipers told ABC News they cooperated with the police investigation, have a "very strict anti-bullying policy" and "all athletes involved, are no longer apart of our program."

    "Victory Vipers has always promoted a family environment and we are sorry for all individuals involved. We have very well-established policies, and a very strict anti-bullying policy in our program," coaches Mark McTague & Kelly Cramer said. "When this incident came to our attention last year we immediately initiated our own internal investigation and took the appropriate action at the time. This incident happened outside of our gym."

    ABC News contributed to this report.
    Ok this is crazier and yes this also included child porn in this case and fake vaping, and drinking over a cheerleader spot.

    This sounds like Fraternity scandals but this is involving a cheerleading spot.

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    'Cheer mom' accused of sending anonymous texts to parents about girls' behavior found guilty

    A Pennsylvania mother accused of bullying three of her daughter's cheerleading teammates was convicted by a jury Friday of three counts of harassment.

    Raffaela Spone, 51, often identified in news stories as the “cheer mom,” allegedly targeted three teenage girls for harassment, mostly by way of texts from unknown or blocked numbers, Hilltown Township police said.

    Some of the behavior described in texts or shown in imagery could have been enough to kick the targeted teens off the cheerleading squad, authorities said last year.

    Spone’s defense said it was never proven that the texts and imagery came from Spone, and argued that whoever sent it may have acted in good faith to inform the girls’ parents about their behavior, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s account of the trial’s end.

    Spone’s attorney, Robert Birch, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The teenagers, as well as Spone’s daughter, were members of the Victory Vipers, a private, nonacademic cheerleading team in Doylestown. The business said in a statement last year that it “has always promoted a family environment and we are sorry for all individuals involved.”

    The names of the victims and their parents have been withheld by officials.

    Authorities initially alleged Spone used "deep fake" video manipulation technology to make it appear as if at least one teammate was misbehaving.

    A 17-year-old girl, one of the case’s three victims, alleged last year that video of her vaping and a photo of her nude were fraudulent. The teammate also said Spone sent her multiple text messages, including one that suggested she should commit suicide.

    Her mother reported the allegations to the Hilltown Township Police Department, which responded by kicking off an investigation in July 2020.

    In May 2021, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office backed off its initial allegations that the defendant used “deep fake” software.

    The case eventually only included three straight-forward counts of misdemeanor harassment in the third degree. Three other counts related to the allegations of manipulation were not considered at trial.

    District Attorney Matt Weintraub alleged in his May statement that even without the sensational deep fake allegations, Spone "sent photos, videos and texts designed to harass three innocent children."

    Police investigators said the texts and media at the center of the case were sent in summer 2020 and alleged they described the cheerleaders as having "toxic traits" such as drinking, smoking, or spending too much time with boys. The DA's office said last year some of the texts included photos of the girls that were paired with "cruel captions."

    Police said they had tracked the texts to a unique IP address consistent with Spone’s location. At least some of the texts came from Spone’s phone, the department said.

    Under Pennsylvania law, harassment in the third degree can include repeatedly sending messages anonymously and using the internet to harass a child. Each of the three counts carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

    On Friday, Weintraub reiterated his long-held assertion that Spone broke the law regardless of what technology was involved.

    "The jury heard the facts proving Ms. Spone’s guilt," he said through a spokesperson. "They rejected her full defense, and properly found her guilty of criminally harassing three teenage victims. The justice system has worked as it should."

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post

    'Cheer mom' accused of sending anonymous texts to parents about girls' behavior found guilty
    I didn't do it. But if I did it was for a good reason, and they're hoe's who drink and smoke and chase boys anyway.
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    lol at Nestle being some vicious smiter, she's the nicest person on this site besides probably puzzld. Or at least the last person to resort to smiting.
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    Why on earth would I smite you when I can ban you?

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