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Porn was on phone L.A. dad purchased for son, lawsuit alleges

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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A father in the Southland area of Los Angeles is suing Sprint Corp. and Nextel of California, Inc., claiming a phone he bought for his underage son contained pornographic images of sales representatives from the Sprint store where he bought it.

Btw, he also claims the phone was used.

CBS Los Angeles reported that the suit filed Tuesday by Garibyan alleges breach of contract, fraud, breach of the implied warranty of merchantability and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The station says that in October 2011, Arsen Garibyan purchased two phones as part of a cellular phone service package at a Sprint store in Pasadena, according to the complaint. When he got home and opened the phones -- which were packaged in new boxes along with the instruction manuals -- his son discovered the images, the lawsuit states.

"After a few minutes, (the boy) started asking, 'Daddy, what is this?'" the suit states. "When Mr. Garibyan looked at the telephone in (his son's) hand, to his shock, horror and disgust, (the child) was looking at pornographic photos and videos contained on one of the newly purchased phones."

The images included "full-body naked as well as genital-focused graphic pictures and videos" of Sprint Nextel sales representatives, according to the suit.

A Sprint spokesperson issued the following statement via email: "This incident occurred at a retail store in Pasadena that was selling Sprint products. Sprint does not condone this behavior. The sales representatives allegedly implicated were NOT Sprint employees."

The company went on to say, "We terminated our relationship with this dealer shortly after the incident. Our investigation into this matter continues."

According to CBS Los Angeles, a similar lawsuit against Sprint was filed last yearr in which a Georgia woman and her 13-year-old daughter claimed to find pornographic images on phones they purchased from a Dekalb County RadioShack in June 2011.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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