Sexually explicit photos of Spokane minors distributed

sexual contentA juvenile who attends Medical Lake High School is just one of several people being investigated by the Spokane County Sheriff's Sexual Assault Detectives after it was learned log-on information to an internet drive containing sexually explicit photos of minors was being sold.

On November 11th, a Spokane County Deputy responded to a residence in Medical Lake after receiving a call about the juvenile and his/her involvement with the internet drive.

Upon further investigation, authorities found several named folders on the drive that contained "selfie" type pictures of females estimated to be between 15 and 18-years-old. Investigators believe the pictures are of young women who live in West Spokane County and possibly do or did attend Medical Lake High School or other schools in the area.  

Officials at Medical Lake School District were notified of the investigation and are cooperating with investigators who are working to identify the suspects involved in this incident, as well as learn the facts of what occurred.

Detectives are currently working to preserve evidence, prevent further dissemination of the photos and identify potential victims.   Investigators will contact the parents of victims as soon as possible, once they are identified.   

The Sheriff’s Office asks you to please take a few minutes to talk to you school-age children and let them know any picture they send to a “friend,” “boyfriend,” "girlfriend" or whomever, once they hit send, they no longer control that image, meaning it could end up anywhere, viewed by anyone or by everyone on the internet.

Distributing or possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct (even if "consensual") is a felony.

(story: Nichole Mischke, KHQ Right Now Reporter; image:

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