Conn. football team sexting scandal expands into child porn probe

Conn. football team sexting scandal expands into child porn probe

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Conn. football team sexting scandal expands into child porn probe

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This week, Plainfield High in Connecticut forfeited its football game against Waterford after what the school termed “inappropriate cyber activity” by some players for the sharing via cellphone app “WhatsApp” of inappropriate videos and photos of an underage girl, school officials said.

But now that has turned into an investigation of child pornography, police told the Hartford Courant. The investigation expanded after a new video was discovered while they were looking into the photo sharing.

“At this time, the Plainfield police department is investigating an incident concerning video content which may be inappropriate depending on the age and knowledge of those persons involved,” the department said in a statement posted on its website.

The police said they did not open the investigation earlier “due to the lack of information as to the exact content and lack of persons coming forward with information,” according to the statement.

Under Connecticut state law, teens who share sexually explicit images or video of a person under 16 could face felony charges.

“Our foundation has been cracked,” Principal Jim Worth told Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs. “It needs to be repaired. … ”

 

“A number of players were involved in this. Whether they were directly involved, knew a little bit or a lot, no one came forward to say something to a coach, a teacher, an administrator, a parent. It was a team event.”

 

 

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