A Johnson County teenage boy has been accused of threatening several female students to text him explicit pictures, according to WTHR Channel 13. The Indian Creek High School student, who is 15-years-old now faces intimidation and child pornography charges.
The teen is accused of asking several female students to text him explicit pictures of themselves. One of the girls he contacted did send him a picture. As a result, the boy was arrested and is now in the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center and is being expelled from his school at Indian Creek High School located in Trafalgar, Ind.
The teen admitted to police he did threaten the girl and received an explicit picture of her.
"Ultimately in the end, you're gonna be caught and it's illegal to do what they're doing," Trafalgar Police Chief Kurt Heminger told WTHR Channel 13.
Similarly, a 17-year-old boy allegedly sent a nude picture of himself to a female classmate, and that student faces expulsion as well.
This is becoming part of a growing nationwide trend, including central Indiana. In Avon High School 17 cell phones were confiscated by Avon police, all students accused of using a special app to hide nude pictures they had sent to each other.
"Most of these kids are doing this without thinking. And they may think it's the norm right now, that it's okay and they won't be caught. But it is not okay and they are obviously being caught," said Heminger.
Parents are encouraged to keep an eye on their children and monitor their use of cell phones and social media. Many teens do not realize the permanent consequences actions such as this present for their future.
"Just constant vigilance, reminding the kids from both a school side and a parent side that they shouldn't do these things," explained Andy Cline of the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation.
What happened at Indian Creek is not limited to this high school. In fact, it's part of a growing problem nationwide, including in central Indiana, of young students taking explicit pictures and sending them to each other via text message.
Police have reported the student accused has sent a letter of apology to four of the female students he texted, including the one who sent him the picture.