Who is Raffaela Marie Spone?
Raffaela Spone is the mother of a Pennysylvania cheerleader who allegedly made illicit fake videos of her daughter’s cheerleading rivals depicting them n*ked, drinking, and smoking and sent them to their coaches in a bid to get them kicked off the team, authorities said.
A picture is worth a thousand words but these images come with criminal charges instead.
A Bucks County woman created ‘deepfake’ videos to harass rivals on her daughter’s cheerleading squad, DA says https://t.co/yRuIgMfuFp
— The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) March 12, 2021
How old is Raffaela Spone?
Raffaela Spone is 50 years old as of the year 2021.
Raffaela Spone, Victory Vipers Cheer
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms. Spone reportedly sent the manipulated photos and video to at least three of her daughter’s teammates and their coaches on the cheerleading team, the Victory Vipers, in Chalfont, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub’s office said.
The false images, which are so expertly manipulated they’re known as “deepfakes,” were also sent to at least three girls on the Victory Vipers cheerleading team, with messages urging the youngsters to commit suicide, according to the paper’s report of the district attorney’s charges.
There’s no indication that her high school-aged daughter knew what her mother was doing, the report said citing court records. The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately reply to ABC News’ request for comment.
Raffaela Spone Arrested
Ms. Spone was reportedly arrested on March 4 and is charged with three counts of cyber harassment of a child and three counts of harassment, according to Hilltown Township police.
An attorney for Stone could not be immediately identified.
Raffaela Spone Victims
One victim’s parents contacted Hilltown Township police in July saying the girl received harassing text messages from an anonymous number. The girl and her coaches were sent photos that appeared to depict her naked, drinking and smoking a vape pen, according to police.
Her parents told police because they feared the videos could lead to her daughter being kicked off the team, the paper reported.
Two more families came forward saying their daughter’s received similar messages, according to the Inquirer.
Those victims were sent photos of themselves in bikinis, according to the report. Police determined the videos and images were created by mapping the girls’ social media photos onto other images, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Raffaela Spone Pennsylvania
In the investigation, police traced the phone numbers the girls received harassing messages from, which led them to a website that sells numbers to telemarketers. They followed the data to an IP address, police said, which showed activity from within Spone’s Chalfont home.
Detectives searched Spone’s smartphone and found evidence linking her to the numbers used to send the harassing texts and images.