NAPLES, Fla. -- Lori Ann Crawford was celebrating her 45th birthday with her husband and family when a text arrived on her cell phone.
The text claimed her 64-year-old husband, Richard, was having an affair with one of his employees.
Not knowing who sent the message, the Crawfords hired an attorney and sued John/Jane Doe for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional stress. The lawsuit allows the attorney to start serving subpoenas to trace the origin of the message.
The by the North Naples, Fla., couple joins a growing field of law called "textual harassment."
Instead of he-said, she-said allegations, texts don't lie. Unlike a phone call, they leave a trail of evidence that's hard to erase.
With texting and cyber-harassment rising, 37 states, including Florida, have enacted cyber-harassment laws. Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington target texting in addition to e-mails, blogs, the Internet and other electronic communication, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.