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Posted: Sep 17, 2009

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PHOENIX ? An Arizona couple accused of sexual abuse after taking bath-time photos of their children and then trying to have them developed at Walmart are suing the state and the retail giant.

Lisa and Anthony "A.J." Demaree's three young daughters were taken away by Arizona Child Protective Services last fall when a Walmart employee found partially nude pictures of the girls on a camera memory stick taken to the store for processing, according to the suit.

The Peoria couple's attorney said Walmart turned the photos over to police and the Demarees were not allowed to see their children for several days and didn't regain custody for a month while the state investigated.

Neither parent was charged with sexual abuse and they regained custody of their children ? then ages 1 1/2, 4 and 5 ? but the Demarees claim the incident inflicted lasting harm.

The couple is seeking undetermined monetary damages from both Walmart and the state and have requested a jury trial.

Richard Treon, the lawyer for the Demarees, said the images of the girls were part of a group of 144 photographs taken mostly during the family's vacation in San Diego.

There were seven to eight bath- and playtime photos of the girls that showed a "portion or outline or genitalia."

"There was nothing sexual about it," Treon said. "This is a parent's worst nightmare."

One lawsuit names Arizona, Peoria and the state Attorney General's Office as defendants, claiming that employees from each defamed them by telling friends, family members and co-workers that they had "sexually abused" their children by taking pornographic pictures of them.

A second lawsuit, naming Walmart as the defendant, says the company is at fault for not telling Anthony Demaree that it had an "unsuitable print policy" and could decide to turn any photos over to law enforcement.

Calls to Arkansas-based Walmart and officials from Peoria and Arizona seeking comment on the suits were not immediately returned Thursday.

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Posted: Sep 18, 2009

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This is crazy! I've heard stories about people who get their film processed at Walmart before, but this tops the list!

Do any of you have stories of trouble with your nudist pics at Walmart?

I suppose in the age of digital photography we would be all best served to do it all ourselves!

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Posted: Sep 27, 2009

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County: Case of nude-kids photos futile

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says it didn't criminally prosecute a Peoria couple accused of sexual exploitation for taking nude pictures of their daughters because "there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction."

Lisa and Anthony "A.J." Demaree lost custody of their three girls for over a month last fall after a Walmart photo clerk found nude photos of the girls on printouts from a camera memory stick and turned the images over to police. At the time, the girls ranged in age from 1 to 5.

The Demarees defended the images as innocent bath- and playtime snapshots and filed suit against Arizona, the state attorney general, Peoria and Walmart over the incident.

Michael Scerbo, a spokesman for the County Attorney's Office, said the decision not to file charges was made after a "careful review by veteran prosecutors" suggested neither parent would be convicted. He declined to comment further.

Police have defended their investigation and released a report that says several of the photos showed the girls in various "posed" positions of nudity and included "close-up views" of their genitalia.

The case has attracted national and international media attention, with the Demarees or their representatives criticizing the state's actions during appearances on "Good Morning America," CNN, FOX and Canadian radio.

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Posted: Oct 14, 2009

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Parents in photo flap slam tape release

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Peoria police have released tapes of their interviews with the parents of three little girls about nude photos of the children which were handed over to police by employees of a Wal-Mart store where the pictures were developed.

"We take pictures of their little naked butts all the time. It's nothing," Anthony Demaree, the father, told police.

His wife, Lisa, was asked in a separate interview about naked shots of one of the girls.

"She's just a nudist," the mother responded. "We teach her all the time that she's going to live in a nudist colony. There's no like, pornographic, nothing..."

The girls were 5, 4 and 1 1/2 years old when the photos were taken last year. Police described the photos as "unusually graphic."

The Demarees were investigated for sexual abuse and their daughters were taken by the state for a month. No charges were filed and the girls were returned to their parents. The Demarees filed two lawsuits last month -- one against Peoria and state officials -- and one against Wal-Mart.

During an interview with detectives, Lisa Demaree said she understood police concerns about the naked pictures.

"I guess it could be perceived, I can see where it would be alarming to you guys if you're seeing all these naked pictures," she said. "But, I encourage you to contact anybody you want and ask them about us and our family."

The Wal-Mart employee who processed the pictures, told investigators she normally scans photos for anything suspicious.

"I personally like to watch photos that are coming out for reasons like that," she said. "After I saw one, I thought `okay.' So I went to the computer and looked at his whole order and scanned through all of them, pulled them all out and put them in an envelope."

She said she contacted her manager, who called police.

Anthony Demaree said in his interview that the photos were not going in a photo album and said they were "absolutely not" intended to be shared with anyone.

The Demarees claim in their suits that "slanderous claims" against them caused them serious economic losses and emotional stress. They are seeking unspecified damages in a jury trial.


Posted: Oct 17, 2009

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This is truly ridiculous. Seriously, most every parent has nude photos of their children. Its what they use to keep them in line when they become teenagers (jk). But on the serious side of things, is there really a parent out there that doesnt have nude pictures of their children??? Heck with Walmarts perspective the beach in the summer time is a whole photo session of kiddie porn! This is insanity and I dont even have kids!
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