A Colorado high school in Cañon City is currently under investigation
after not less than 100 high school students were discovered to be part
of a largescale sexting ring. Students used their cell phones to text
nude photos to each other using “vault apps,” which allow
users to conceal videos, photos, and other personal information behind
a passcode. Some of the children involved in the scandal are middle school
students as young as 13 years old.
Law enforcement has the unique challenge of determining how to handle a
situation where the perpetrators are minors themselves. In Colorado, possessing
explicit photos of minors (child pornography) is a felony. For teens,
however, prosecution under child pornography laws that can require them
to register as sex offenders would only be pursued under limited circumstances.
In this case, the District Attorney has said that he would follow a path
requiring a student to register as a sex offender only if “absolutely
necessary,” although it is possible that no criminal charges will
be filed at all.
Especially with such a large group of kids, law enforcement is not out
to punish every child. Their primary concern now is only to determine
whether any adults were involved and whether any of the minors were coerced
into sharing nude photos.
While the teens may largely be safe from legal action, the school has responded
with its own set of punishments. A handful of students believed to have
had the heaviest involvement have already been suspended, and the school’s
football team had their final game cancelled after it could not be proven
that none of the players were involved.
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