3 stu­dents ar­rested in child-porn probe

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE REGION - — Matt Zapotosky

Three West Spring­field High School stu­dents were ar­rested last month in what of­fi­cials said Satur­day is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pro­duc­tion and distri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy.

The three male stu­dents — two who are 16 and one who is 15 — were charged as ju­ve­niles with “pos­ses­sion, re­pro­duc­tion, distri­bu­tion, so­lic­i­ta­tion and fa­cil­i­ta­tion of child pornog­ra­phy,” ac­cord­ing to Of­fi­cer Shel­ley Brod­er­ick, a Fairfax County po­lice spokes­woman.

She de­clined to say pre­cisely what the stu­dents were ac­cused of do­ing but said their vic­tims were six teenage fe­male stu­dents who knew them. She said the fe­males at­tended var­i­ous area high schools.

Brod­er­ick said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Novem­ber, when some­one told a school re­source of­fi­cer about a “po­ten­tial crime.” She said the three West Spring­field High School stu­dents were ar­rested Jan. 11, and po­lice did not pub­li­cize the case ear­lier be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

John Torre, a county po­lice spokesman, de­clined to say what the charged stu­dents’ en­roll­ment sta­tus was or what ac­tion school of­fi­cials had taken in re­sponse to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We don’t com­ment on stu­dent dis­ci­pline mat­ters,” he wrote in an e-mail.

The school sys­tem did not con­duct its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he added.

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