A 15-year-old girl was ordered to house arrest and her cellular phone was confiscated after she allegedly sent nude pictures of herself to classmates.
The Licking Valley High School student, whose name was not released, faces felony charges in Licking County Juvenile Court of possessing criminal tools and the illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.
The alleged incident occurred after the Licking County prosecutor visited high schools, including Licking Valley, and warned students about what could happen if they are found with or send pornographic images of minors on their cell phones.
"They said we could serve 20 years," said Abbie Guinsler, a Licking Valley junior. "After the prosecutor came and talked to us, we were all pretty surprised it happened."
The assistant prosecutor who is handling the case declined to comment. Licking Valley principal Wes Weaver said that he thought his students were aware of the penalties they could face.
"I felt there was a good understanding by our student body about the seriousness of the matter," Weaver said.
Authorities did not release the location of where the student was when she allegedly sent the photos or the names of the students who received them. A Licking Valley student notified an adult who then contacted the school's resource officer, Mallett reported.
It was not known whether the students who allegedly received the photos would be charged.
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