Pastor Claims Sprint Fueled Wife's Suspicions
(CN) - An Indianapolis pastor says Sprint invaded his privacy and caused "his head to perspire" by giving his call log transcripts to his wife, who suspected him of having an affair and confronted him with the phone records in front of their teenage daughter and several congregants.
Carl J. Mimms III, pastor of the Freedom Tabernacle of Praise Church in Indianapolis, says he specifically told Sprint employees "to not allow anyone to have access to his account except for him," because he thought his wife might be snooping in his account.
Mimms was the only person listed under that account, according to his lawsuit in Indianapolis Federal Court.
He says he called the company a second time and "reiterated his concern that his wife not have access to his account," demanding that Sprint "shut down the internet access to his account."
He claims the representative reassured him that no one else would have access to his account.
But in March, Mimms says his wife confronted him with transcripts of his call logs, including calls to another woman, in front of their 15-year-old daughter. Mimms' wife also called a meeting with their church and again confronted her husband about the phone records in front of several members of the congregation, according to the lawsuit.
When the pastor called Sprint to complain, he claims they told him that "someone had accessed information about his account" in a Sprint store two days before the confrontation with his wife.
"Plaintiff's conversation with that Sprint employee or representative caused Plaintiff's blood pressure to increase, his head to perspire, and his heart rate to increase," the lawsuit states.
Mimms says store manager Abdul Entallaby apologized and told him the employee who gave out his information no longer works there.
The pastor neither confirms nor denies his wife's accusations in the lawsuit.
He wants Sprint Nextel Corp. and Entallaby to pay actual and punitive damages for their alleged breach of confidentiality, negligence and invasion of privacy. His lawyer is Scott Barnhart.