By: Melissa Randall
Update: Officials in Fall River have arrested a 17-year old male who allegedly created a Facebook page with posts of nude pictures featuring High school students. The teen will be charged with Dissemination of obscene material harmful to minors, and possessing child pornography. Less than 24-hours after complaints were received by the Fall River police department officials were able to trace the origin of where the account was created and with the help of several witnesses they were able to identify the suspect. The investigation will continue as more evidence collection needs to be done. Both the Mayor Flanagan and Chief Racine are pleased that the teen is in custody.
Original: Dozens of graphic and explicit images of high school girls from Fall River are popping up on Facebook. Police are investigating after several teens came forward saying their photographs were posted to a page without their permission.
The Facebook page called River Hooters is making its way around Durfee High School and already has more than 800 friends. The girls in the graphic photos range in age, some as young as 16-years-old.
A Fall River student logging into Facebook last night saw a naked picture of herself posted on the page. She and several teenage girls reported the graphic page to police who have launched an investigation.
There were dozens of images all of female high school students. It is unclear how long they have been up there. Mayor Flanagan says some of the images were posted without the girls knowledge, others were self portrait.
The page is well known at Durfee High School, students say they are not surprised because sexting among their peers is on the rise.
"It is rude an ignorant of the person to make the whole website to make the whole website. It is just so irresponsible," said one female student.
"It definitely affects people but I mean they got there for a reason. They were probably sent to someone in a relation and got out onto the internet," said another student.
"These types of actions are disturbing and horrific. And as mayor it saddens me to see our children being exploited especially via the internet," said Mayor Flanagan.
Police are working with Facebook to remove all of the photos and find out who is responsible for the page. That person will face pornography dissemination charges.
The Superintendent has notified all the principals about what is going on. Parents are encouraged to have a serious conversation with their kids.
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