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No charges filed in Harrison HS sexting case

(PHOTO: FOX19 File) (PHOTO: FOX19 File)

No charges will be filed in the Harrison High School sexting case Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced on Thursday.

The Harrison Police Department opened an investigation on Jan. 7 after receiving complaints about sexually explicit material on the cell phones of students.

Joe Deters announced no charges will be filed and the matter will be handled by parents, police and the school.

In the investigation, Harrison PD confiscated and destroyed seven electronic devices obtained in the investigation. Deters said the devices contained sexual photographs of minors.

The students involved attended a January presentation by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office on the dangers of sending compromising material.

"This is the appropriate resolution of this matter," said Deters. "When we review these cases we look at the law but we also use our good judgement and common sense. It is often best to let parents, police and the schools handle this type of matter without court intervention.

When the investigated began, parents of the high school received this letter from the administration:

  1. First of all this is a criminal offense. Any time someone takes, or is in possession or shares an illicit photo of a juvenile it is considered the illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. Therefore, this matter has been turned over to the Harrison Police Department for further investigation.

  2. The parents of the students whose names we received as being in the pictures have been contacted, however we DO NOT believe these are the only students involved. We believe there is a strong possibility that other students appear in these pictures.

  3. We ask that you discuss with your child the serious nature of these actions. The fact that these pictures were made available to others, means there is no control over who and where they were sent.

  4. As we have done in the past the district is in the process of securing a speaker or experts in the field to speak with our students on the legal as well as the personal effects this type of behavior can have on an individual.

  5. We ask that you monitor your child's internet and phone usage. From our understanding, this sharing of pictures has been taking place for some time. In fact, a mother apologized, stating that she thought “we knew about these pictures”. If you ever suspect or find anything that you feel is inappropriate or could cause someone harm, we ask that you contact us immediately.

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