Arrests Made in High School Sexting Scandal

The boy is accused of allegedly tweeting nude photos of girls. The girl is cited on a less-serious charge of distributing obscene matter

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Jan 18, 2014  |  Updated 4:21 PM PDT
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Possible Felony Charges in School Sexting Scandal

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Boy, 16, Arrested in HS Sexting Scandal; Peers' Reactions Run Gamut

A teenage boy was arrested after allegedly posting nude pictures of four teenage girls on social media. The boy faces possible heavy fines, and prison time. A 14-year-old girl was cited with a misdemeanor for allegedly distributing obscene matter. Jacob Rascon reports from Rancho Cucamonga for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 17, 2013.

High School Students Could Face Felony Charges in Sexting Scandal

A high school student from Rancho Cucamonga could face jail time after tweeting nude pictures of at least four underage females. San Bernardino Sheriffs are investigating the scandal, and all the students involved, even the girls who took the nude pictures, could face felony charges. Whit Johnson reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 9, 2013.
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A 16-year-old boy was arrested and a 14-year-old girl was cited on Friday in connection with a high school sexting scandal in San Bernardino County, authorities said.

The 16-year-old boy was held at juvenile hall on a felony charge of obscene matter depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual conduct, police said. The 14-year-old girl was cited with a misdemeanor for allegedly distributing obscene matter, officials said.

The investigation began two weeks ago, when police were alerted to tweets and texts of nude photos of at least four underage girls from Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga high schools.

The boy, who attends Etiwanda High School, allegedly tweeted nude photos of the girls, who attend Rancho Cucamonga High School, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The female students took the pictures of themselves and distributed them via text messages, according to investigators.

The male student then posted the images on Twitter, according to authorities.

The male student was suspended, according to school officials.

It was not immediately clear whether the boy obtained the images via text or some other method.

Federal law prohibits the "production, distribution, reception, and possession of an image of child pornography."

The legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that the image depict a minor engaging in sexual activity.

The investigation is continuing.

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