Po­lice in school over sex video of girl, 13


A SEX­U­ALLY ex­plicit video fea­tur­ing a 13-year-old girl from Leeds has been cir­cu­lated among young­sters across the city and fur­ther afield.

un­der­stands the video fea­tures the un­der­age girl, who is eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able, per­form­ing a sex act on a teenage boy of the same age.

It was re­port­edly filmed by a sec­ond girl, who at­tends a school else­where in West York­shire, be­fore be­ing widely shared via so­cial me­dia.

Po­lice said yes­ter­day that there was no ac­tive crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in re­la­tion to the video but it prompted one sec­ondary school in Leeds to draft in spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers.

Year Nine pupils were given a hard-hit­ting talk by po­lice about the dan­gers of shar­ing sex­ual or naked images or videos of them­selves or oth­ers – com­monly known as ‘sex­ting’.

In July, it emerged that more than 4,000 chil­dren in Eng­land and Wales have been dealt with by po­lice for sex­ting since 2013.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Matt Dav­i­son, who heads neigh­bour­hood polic­ing teams in Leeds District, said: “The po­lice are reg­u­larly made aware of con­cerns raised by schools and par­ents about pupils be­ing in­volved in sex­ting or the record­ing and shar­ing of images of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.”

He said safe­guard­ing young peo­ple was a key pri­or­ity and crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions would be con­ducted where adult in­volve­ment was sus­pected.

Where all par­ties in­volved are un­der­age, the fo­cus is on ad­vice, ed­u­ca­tion and any wel­fare is­sues.

One par­ent, whose child at­tends a sec­ondary school in Leeds, said: “There has been spec­u­la­tion in the school for the last 10 days or so over a video go­ing round of a girl.”

She was shocked though on Thurs­day when her child de­scribed an assem­bly dur­ing which a num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers were present and a “heavy-handed” warn­ing was is­sued.

It had left her child be­liev­ing they would be ques­tioned un­der cau­tion or have their phone seized be­cause of the video.

The assem­bly was fol­lowed by an email to par­ents which sug­gested check­ing their child’s phone and delet­ing con­tent.

Supt Dav­i­son said: “A Safer Schools of­fi­cer has vis­ited a Leeds sec­ondary school this week to give a talk to pupils fol­low­ing a re­quest from the school.

“There is no ac­tive crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in re­la­tion to the con­cerns raised there.”

The school in ques­tion de­clined to com­ment.

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