Durham Police have issued a warning to a number of teens in Oshawa and Whitby who are accused of texting nude photos to each other.
Police say about ten teens ranging in age from 13-15 from several different schools are facing consequences for their involvement.
The investigation is still ongoing and police say there could be more students and schools involved.
The investigation began last month when a parent reported that nude photos of her child’s female classmate were being circulated by a male classmate.
The images had been shared with other males and the investigation revealed that several other girls had also sent nude photos.
In order to educate the teens about the dangers and implications associated with these activities, they have entered into diversion contracts with the DRPS. If the contract is not completed satisfactorily, criminal charges may follow.
Police would like to remind the public that making and sharing nude photos of minors is a serious crime with consequences for everyone involved. Child Pornography includes naked or semi-naked sexual pictures or video of a person under 18. It is illegal to view, keep, send, post or take such pictures or videos. Parents are being asked to speak to their teens about the dangers of taking and sharing nude photographs, even between friends. Once sent, the images could be shared with others and even posted online.