Harrison juveniles face charges in sexting

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By Becky Barnes, Editor

Criminal complaints against at least two Harrison County juveniles is being sought by Cynthiana Police following the discovery of sexually explicit text messages sent to other juveniles.

Sgt. Wilbur Gross said a middle school-aged girl told officials that she had taken roughly 120 photos of herself and had sent them to at least 50 boys and girls.

The discovery of the text messages was made during a separate investigation at Harrison County Middle School.

“I want to stress that none of this was done on school property or during school hours,” said Gross. “It was just discovered by school personnel who immediately called police.”

Gross said HCMS staff questioned a female student who alleged that another female student wanted to fight her at school. Law enforcement was notified after the girl told school officials that the other female wanted to fight her because of a sexual incident that occurred during Christmas break and that it involved nude photos. 

According to the police report filed by Gross, the two girls took nude photos of themselves and sent them to a juvenile in Pikeville.

The two juvenile girls spent nearly a week together during the holidays. During that time there was a trip to Pikeville, which is when they met the boy.

One of the girls began “dating” the young man. The other girl allegedly talked her friend into sending the photos to the boy.

During an interview with one of the girls and her parents, it was determined that the falling out between the girls was over the Pikeville boy.

During the interview, it was also learned that there were several photographs of a partially nude male juvenile on the phone. 

The boy in question was interviewed with his parents and he admitted sending the photos at the girl’s urging.

Gross said Tuesday afternoon that charges pending against the juveniles are for possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a juvenile first offense.

 Gross suggested that parents monitor their children’s cell phones to keep incidents such as this from happening.