The explosion of smartphones and tablet computers coupled with the continued growth of wireless Internet access has served to make instant communication among friends, family and co-workers the new norm. In just a few keystrokes or taps on a phone screen, we can instantly send a text message, mail a presentation or upload photos. However, with this constant interpersonal communication comes the risk of perhaps sharing too much.
To illustrate, consider the divorce case of Melinda Navarro, currently the executive administrator of the Alamo.
In September 2012, Navarro's husband discovered a series of explicit photos and texts on her work cell phone that she had sent to a former Alamo vendor. However, rather than keeping the matter private, the husband proceeded to forward some of the explicit content to Navarro's co-workers.
Navarro -- who has since admitted to sending the explicit materials but denied having an affair -- eventually filed for divorce from her husband. However, much to her chagrin, he is now seeking access to both a laptop computer and the testimony of the Alamo vendor in his bid to build his divorce and child custody case.
Unfortunately, this is just one of several issues that Navarro will likely have to contend with in the near future, as at least one Texas lawmaker -- Sen. Leticia Van de Putte -- has expressed concern over the "sexting" scandal.
"I have repeatedly asked for a strong state presence at the Alamo, and this new information does not add confidence to the management," said Van de Putte, who will be meeting with the Texas General Land Office to discuss Alamo-related issues this week. "It's very sad that any questions about the Alamo, with its great history of Texas, continue to take a back seat again to turbulent personalities."
This case once again underscores the importance of always exercising the utmost caution when using any type of mobile device or posting to the Internet, as it could someday come back to haunt you during divorce proceedings.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, "Divorce case reveals sexting by Alamo's overseer," Scott Huddleston, June 5, 2013