You have to be able to prove damages in order to sue.
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What was the harm? It does not sound like there is any harm.
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If Jenn broke into an iPad then there is the potential for criminal charges. Son should go to the police. The police might be able to find out what was forwarded.
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If she did this then she might have committed a crime. Many states have criminal laws against unauthorized access to a computer that make it illegal to access someone's computer without that person's permission. It most cases it is a crime even if there was no harm to the person whose computer was accessed.
In Georgia, section 16-9-93(b) creates the crime of computer trespass. Section 16-9-93(c) creates the crime of computer invasion of privacy. The second might apply in this case. 16-9-93(c) provides that
"Any person who uses a computer or computer network with the intention of examining any employment, medical, salary, credit, or any other financial or personal data relating to any other person with knowledge that such examination is without authority shall be guilty of the crime of computer invasion of privacy."
The punishment for violating these sections can be severe. Section 16-9-93(h)(1) provides that
"Any person convicted of the crime of computer theft, computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, or computer forgery shall be fined not more than $50,000.00 or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both."
All in all, you should consult with a competent attorney in your area before taking any action. You should also not use the computer any more until you've decided whether to file a criminal complaint or not because the more you use it the harder it will be for a computer forensics expert to track down what was done.
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