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Sexting investigation underway at Swansea high school

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A "sexting" investigation is under way at Joseph Case High School in Swansea.

Swansea police say they received a complaint from the Swansea School Department several days ago involving teenage students exchanging explicit photographs of themselves or others and exchanging them by text message.

Since the investigation is underway very little information has been released. According to authorities those involved are minors and the Bristol County District Attorney's office is involved in the investigation.

One student told ABC6 that he believes 20 or more students may have been involved in the incident.

Police believe the situation is more widespread than initially reported and they are continuing to collect related information.

In Massachusetts "sexting" between teenagers technically counts as a child pornography charge. In this situation the individual taking the photo could be accused of creating child pornography and those who shared it or looked at it could be accused of disseminating child pornography.

Police say after the facts are gathered they will be able to better determine the appropriate charges.

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