Authorities investigate 'sexting' incidents at 2 local high schools
Posted April 27
Wake County, N.C. — Authorities with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and Fuquay-Varina Police Department are investigating separate cases of sexual exploitation of a minor after students at high schools in Garner and Fuquay-Varina were found to have photos depicting sexual acts on their phones.
On March 17, investigators with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office were asked to assist Garner police after the parents of a teen girl found pornography on her phone. According to the warrants, the girl was a participant in the sex acts. The parents also reported seeing texts to and from their daughter referencing the images and text messages that discussed large sums of money given to a fellow student by the girl, the warrant said.
As they investigated at Garner High, police confiscated phones from four other students and found photos, video and text descriptions of students having sex with one another.
In a separate incident, officers seized cell phones from two students at Fuquay-Varina High School as part of an investigation there.
On April 14, a female student told school administrators about a video of her which was circulating in school, according to warrants.
She told investigators that she participated in the sexual encounter willingly but was unaware that the interaction was being recorded.
Police took phones belonging to both students named in the warrant, but the document did not record what was found on the devices.