Police investigating sexting scandal in southwest Ohio

JAMESTOWN, Ohio (WCMH)–An investigation into a sexting scandal continues in one southwest Ohio School district.

The Jamestown Police Chief tells NBC4 all nine victims are students within the Greeneview Local School District. The youngest victim is just 11 years old.

Chief Rodger Tyree says the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will assist in this case. One school district official says some victims did not know they were being recorded.

Tyree says three cell phones have been seized and more search warrants could be issued. He adds he is not sure yet how many students may actually be involved.

Tyree explains, “Someone was taking the photographs beyond our victims’ knowledge. Then these photographs were posted and shipped to a few other individuals we believe.”

These students could be hit with serious charges, and if found guilty might have to register as sex offenders.

Tyree says the consequences are real, “By hitting a certain button or doing one act can actually change their lives. Kids are not processing information the same as adults.”

Parents were unaware their children were sending or receiving explicit photos. Tyree explains, “They were as shocked as anybody that their some or daughter did something like this.”

Greeneview Local School District Superintendent Isaac Seevers tells NBC4 parents need to talk about sexting with their children. He says, “This is a pervasive problem. We have to have conversation about what is and is not appropriate at home.

Seevers adds, “Technology is constantly changing and students do not communicate with their phones the same ways as their parents do.”

Tyree encourages parents to look at their student’s phone, open apps, and, most of all, be informed, “When we take the same technology and give it to a 13 or 14 year old and say ‘behave’, I don’t think that is getting the job done.”

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