PORTAGE, Indiana ~ (nwitimes.com/AP) ~ A 15-year-old freshman student was removed from class last week when police found nude pictures of female classmates on his phone.
According to a Portage Police report released on April 13th, school administrators received a call on April 8th from a 15-year-old freshman girl’s mother who claimed a boy was threatening to post nude picture of her on MySpace if she didn’t let him borrow a musical instrument. Administrators and police took the unidentified boy out of class at Portage High School and reportedly found images of two naked girls on his cell phone. The boy allegedly told police he wasn’t dating either of the girls and they sent the pictures at their own will. He also denies ever threatening to post pictures online if not allowed to use the instrument, but said while they discussed the use of the instrument he made her aware that he still had the photos.
The 15-year-old girl told police she had known the boy for about seven months. The other girl in question, a 14-year-old, admitted she sent photos of herself to the boy, but also claimed she sent nude photos of herself to other boys at Portage, Hobart, Chesterton and Lake Station high schools. She also said she had other nude photos of herself on her iPod, which police saw, along with a nude photo of another boy.
Police say the 15-year-old boy is being charged with possession of child pornography and will be processed through the juvenile court system. The two girls involved in the incident could also face juvenile prosecution, police said, and the other boys at other schools could also be charged.
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