Police were investigating on Thursday how pictures of nude teen girls got on computers at a Licking County school.
According to police, nude pictures of at least two teen girls were found on a laptop issued by the Newark Digital Academy.
The pictures were found during routine maintenance of the laptop, 10TV’s Jessa Goddard reported.
“So in the course of looking at files, these pictures were discovered,” John Lutz, Newark Digital Academy director, said. “And with safety being one of our foremost concerns – student safety here at Newark Digital – we called the Newark Police Department right away.”
School officials said that they identified in the pictures at least two teenage girls who currently were students at the Newark Digital Academy.
The Newark Police Department was analyzing the laptop to determine how many images there were, and whether they were transmitted over the Internet before they decide what, if any, charges would be filed, Goddard reported.
Police said that they were investigating whether the girls took the pictures of themselves or if they were taken by someone else.
“It could elevate the offense,” Newark Police Sgt. David Haren said. “It could make it a separate offense. Right now, the transfer into the computer is a crime of itself.”
Police said that they planned to interview the two girls identified.
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