Child porn video on so­cial me­dia trig­gers in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­

CE­CIL COUNTY — An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing af­ter Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice de­tec­tives learned that a video show­ing a ju­ve­nile en­gaged in a sex act is cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman, re­ported that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion started on Thurs­day af­ter ad­min­is­tra­tors at a Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools school — which Holmes de­clined to iden­tify — learned about the ex­is­tence of the video and, in turn, brought it to the at­ten­tion of an agency school re­sources deputy as­signed to that school.

“We’ve iden­ti­fied the per­son,” Holmes said, re­fer­ring to the ju­ve­nile who ap­pears in the video, adding, “Due to the sen­si­tive na­ture of this case and the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, I’m not go­ing to com­ment on the con­tent of the video or iden­tify the stu­dent or the school.”

As of Fri­day af­ter­noon, part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion fo­cused on track­ing the dis­sem­i­na­tions of that video on so­cial me­dia, ac­cord­ing to Holmes.

“There are no charges at this time. We may con­sult with the Ce­cil County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice,” Holmes said, be­fore cau­tion­ing the pub­lic, “Ev­ery time a video like this gets dis­trib­uted or shared, by law, that is con­sid­ered dis­tri­bu­tion of pornog­ra­phy, which is a crime.”

CCPS of­fi­cials posted this no­ti­fi­ca­tion on the school sys­tem’s Face­book page on Thurs­day:

”The Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is ac­tively in­ves­ti­gat­ing a porno­graphic video of a mi­nor that may be cir­cu­lat­ing around the county. The Sher­iff’s Of­fice has asked that we com­mu­ni­cate with all fam­i­lies in an ef­fort to make every­one aware of the se­ri­ous con­se­quences as­so­ci­ated with the pos­ses­sion or dis­tri­bu­tion of pornog­ra­phy.

Any­one found to have con­tent of this na­ture on a cell phone or elec­tronic de­vice will be sub­ject to the crim­i­nal charge of Pos­ses­sion of Child Pornog­ra­phy. If it is found that some­one has shared porno­graphic con­tent with oth­ers, that per­son would face an ad­di­tional charge of Dis­tri­bu­tion of Child Pornog­ra­phy. These are se­ri­ous charges.

Please dis­cuss this with your child and im­press upon them the very se­ri­ous con­se­quences, both dis­ci­plinary and le­gal, that one would face if found to pos­sess con­tent of this na­ture. If a stu­dent re­ceives or is made aware of this type of con­tent, they need to re­port it to an adult im­me­di­ately.

Please con­tact your child’s school or the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice if you have any ad­di­tional ques­tions re­gard­ing this topic.”

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