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Warrant: Nude photos of Wake students appearing online

Posted February 18, 2014

— Local authorities are scouring Instagram accounts in a criminal investigation after nude photos of Wake County high school students started appearing on them, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

A woman told Wake Forest police last week that her daughter had learned that someone had posted nude photos of her on Twitter and Instagram. The girl is now 18, but the photos were from when she was 14 or 15, the mother told investigators.

Nude photos of other young women were also on the Instagram account, the mother said.

Wake County Public School System security personnel located other Instagram accounts with photos of nude girls and boys, and they identified some as students at Enloe High School, Athens Drive High School, Rolesville High School, Holly Spring High School, Heritage High School and Middle Creek High School, according to an affidavit to obtain the search warrant.

The school district is working with law enforcement to investigate the case, spokeswoman Renee McCoy said.

Investigators want Facebook, which owns Instagram, to turn over all information about four Instagram accounts, including user names, logins between Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, text messages, emails, chat transcripts and details on any other accounts operated by the users, according to the affidavit.

Bill Crabtree, a spokesman for the Wake Forest Police Department, said investigators don't yet know how many teens might be victims in the case.

Crabtree urged parents to talk to their children about the dangers of posing for or posting sexually explicit photos.


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  • LastSon1981 Feb 21, 2014

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    SG2 with another one of 'em classic WOW comments

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 19, 2014
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    I agree, teens do NOT need a smart phone! Period. And if they MUST have a smart phone, disable some of the features. If phones can't take pics they won't be posted.......

  • Justin Bridges Feb 19, 2014
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    Really? Bullying and abuse at school for not having a phone? Both of my sons got a cell phone when they got their drivers license. Neither ever said they were getting bullied at school. Do you parents believe all the lies your children use to manipulate you?

  • Deb Rodgers Feb 19, 2014
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    Parents need to tell their children to NEVER! take nude pics of themselves. Middle school students should just be given a basic phone...to contact the parents, or in an emergency. Once the child has shown responsibility, maybe they can have a phone w/ more options, but w/ full parental review and control.

  • kimberlykireal Feb 19, 2014

    Every time one of these stories comes out we want to blame a generation for being worse than previous generations. Really? In the late sixties and early seventies teens were dropping acid and into free love. But, not all teens were doing those activities then, nor are all teens taking naked photos of the self now. Technology is not to blame here either. Other posts people want to blame the parents. Again really? My sister and I were like night and day as teens as were my sons. I am sure many parents would attest some children are naturally more rebellious than others. Yes good parents try to guide their children, but some teens are bent on foolish teen behavior. The brain is still developing. If you take a naked selfie or willingly allow someone to photo you naked , there might be embarrassing consequences down the line. There is a lot we have to warn our kids about. But, please do not blame a generation of kids- I just read smoking rates among teens is at a record low.

  • btneast Feb 19, 2014

    Did you never make a mistake when you were 13-14 years of age??? Sure, we all did....and we had to suffer the consequences of said mistakes. Suffering through the consequences of your actions is what teaches you to not do that action again. We all understand that teenagers do dumb things, but they still must go through the consequences of the dumb action in order to learn the lesson.

  • exador7 Feb 19, 2014

    All I can say about that is " Stupid is as stupid does " and that's all I got to say bout that.

  • Jim Thomas Feb 19, 2014
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    Oh those kids today...just imagine what it will be like 20 years from now.

  • tjhooker42 Feb 19, 2014

    If teenagers are making a "mistake" by posing nude then the teenagers who posted the pictures are likewise making a mistake and shouldn't be criminally charge.

  • Rusty Shackleford Feb 19, 2014

    Also Luvstoq if you think your teens weren't testing you, then they got away with it.