My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Texas
I am being harassed by a 17 y/old, I am a 41 y/old female. This started a few months ago when she had a falling out with my baby sitter over some stupid stuff. I literally had nothing to do with it, I believe she tried to get me to fire my baby sitter. When I didn't "respond" as she anticipated she started sending me (what I considered threatening) texts She initially used her own cell number to text me numerous times, including nude photos (not of her), texts stating that "the police were going to come by my house because of (my baby sitter)", and so on. Once the texts stated that she "knows where my children go to school" and similar things, I contacted the local police. Unfortunately because she never made any specific threats, they claim they cannot do anything. Not too sure about that part.
She still lives at home but her parents don't do anything to control her. Once she realized that I was serious she started using other phone numbers, but because of the content it was easy to connect them to her.
Well, for a few weeks things calmed down (presumably after the police talked to her), but recently I started getting texts again. All of them are from numbers I don't recognize, so I usually open them and then get the nasty surprise The first or second one (calling me an ugly bitch or something like that) I responded to (I never responded to her other texts, not wanting to perpetuate anything), stating "(her name), you really are not very smart, do I need to go to the police again?" Silence! Awesome, I thought.
Well, not the end of the story. Today I got a weird phone call on my land line and an MMS to my cell with a picture of a certain male body part attached. Both were from the same number in CA, where I don't know anyone. The pattern fits, though. I swear I just don't know anyone else who acts like this or does things like this.
I have had enough. I need to know what actions I can take to stop this girl from sending me this nastiness. Other than changing my numbers, which would require me contacting dozens of individuals to let them know of the changes. She is the one who started this, I do not see why I have to go through this. I know there will be responses telling me that that will be my easiest way out of the situation. But as the victim, I do not agree with taking the easy way out for her. It will only affirm in her mind that she is untouchable.
I have seen a lot of posts about individuals being harassed or having a restraining order against them, and the initiator continues to contact them. The most common advice is "change your number" or "block the number". That only treats the symptom, not the issue. As a responsible adult, I believe that the younger generation has to learn to follow the rule of law, be responsible and respectful. If all we ever do is avoid the harassment, or other issues, we are not teaching others about mature behavior.
I know this girl is living in the blessed knowledge that as a minor, her record will be sealed when she turns 18, but I want to know if I can file a restraining order or no-contact order against her.
I would also like to know if there is anything else I could do, besides the restraining order. I would like to actually see her charged and having to go to court to respond for her actions. I am not seeking jail time or monetary compensation, I am actually trying to help her become a supporting member of society. Not sure if it works, seeing as I just now received a text from her: "You get my picture bitch? More to come. I might even stop by and say hi to (my kids names)"