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Rowan teen charged with bullying for nude Instragram photo

Posted February 28, 2014

— A Rowan County teen is charged with cyberbullying after he posted a nude photo of a 15-year-old girl on Instagram, the social photo sharing network.

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Juan Bautista at Rowan County High School Friday.

The sheriff's office said Bautista's case has no connection to a rash of other similar cases across the state. 

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into reports of nude photos of students posted to Instagram from a dozen counties.

Authorities have subpoenaed Facebook, which owns Instagram, for user information associated about several accounts, according to search warrants.

School system representatives have said they are cooperating with authorities in the investigation, and authorities are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of posing for or posting sexually explicit photos.


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  • RaleighHunts Mar 3, 2014

    how is this cyberbullying??? If he took the pic and then posted it, it is child porn, but not bullying. If he found it online already (from her or someone else posting it) and then shared it, it should be some lesser sort of charge (like further dissemination of child porn), but still not bullying...

    Im getting a little sick of the ever expanding definition of a very basic concept. Bullying is the repeated, habitual use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others.

  • Janet Scott Feb 28, 2014
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    So where did the guy get the photo...the girl was obviously there...so why is this not her fault as well.

  • dwr1964 Feb 28, 2014

    Make a bad judgement call in daily life, it is forgotten, in a short amount of time. Make a bad judgement call on the internet, it is never forgotten. Forgiven maybe, forgotten??? not so much.