Boy, 16, Arrested In San Bernardino County High School ‘Sexting’ Scandal
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA.com) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested and a 14-year-old girl was issued a citation Friday after inappropriate photos were sent and distributed by students at two San Bernardino County high schools.
The boy was arrested and booked into juvenile hall on a felony charge of obscene matter depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual conduct, authorities said.
An investigation began May 8 after school resource officers at Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga high schools were informed that inappropriate pictures of students were circulating online through various social media sites.
Officials found the social media account of the 16-year-old boy, a student at Etiwanda, was used to disseminate the photos.
The 14-year-old girl was issued a citation for a misdemeanor charge of distribution of obscene matter.
“Rancho Cucamonga Detectives want to remind people of all ages that anyone who sends obscene images of persons under the age of 18, whether it’s of themselves or someone else, they’re violating child pornography laws,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. Spokesperson Cindy Bachman told KNX1070.
The investigation is ongoing, and detectives ask anyone with information about the incident or can identify additional possible suspects or victims, contact the Rancho Cucamonga Detective Division at (909)477-2800.