Raffaela Spone, 50, a Doylestown, Pennsylvania Cheerleader mom anonymously sent fake photos and videos to coaches of her teen daughter’s rivals that depicted them nude, drinking, and/or vaping, in a bid to force them from the Victory Vipers cheerleading team.
Please note: There was no indication that Raffaela Spone’s teenage daughter knew what her mother was doing, according to court documents.
As if these photos, and videos weren’t disturbing enough, Spone also sent messages urging the three girls to kill themselves.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub stated that Raffaela Spone was charged with cyber harassment of a child and was arrested on March 4.
Raffaela Spone Is One Sick Puppy
According to the court documents, in July, one of the victim’s parents contacted Hilltown Township police informing them that their daughter had been receiving harassing text messages from an anonymous number.
Police investigators soon discovered that her coaches were also sent photos of her naked, drinking, and vaping, and all the photos and videos were deepfakes — which appear to look authentic but have been digitally altered.
Two more girls came forward with complaints about some other fake photos that showed them in bikinis, which led cops to investigate the anonymous number from where these disturbing images had been sent from.
Investigators traced the number back to telemarketers and followed data to an IP address coming from Spone’s home in Chalfont, about 50 minutes north of Philadelphia.
Victims Were Friens With Raffaela Spone’s Daughter
George Ratel, whose daughter Spone allegedly victimized, said he’s frustrated over the situation, especially because of how it affected the cheerleading team.
Ratel said his daughter and the two other victims were initially friends with Spone’s daughter.
He believes that Raffaella Stone’s harassment was triggered after he and his wife told his daughter to stop hanging out with Spone’s daughter, due to concerns over the other girl’s behavior.
“I don’t know what would push her to this point.
As a dad I was pretty upset about it. It’s an image put out there of my daughter that is simply not true.”
Victory Vipers Cheerleader Team cooperating with police
Victory Vipers told ABC News it cooperated with police during the investigation and that “all athletes involved, are no longer a part of our program.”
The Victory Vipers statement went on to state:
“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.”