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Multiple teens charged after sharing nude photos via text message

Multiple teens charged after sharing nude photos via text message

Multiple teenagers in Storm Lake are facing charges after sharing nude photographs of minors via text message.

The Storm Lake Police Department received a report about the text messages on February 6th.

Their investigation uncovered that the initial allegation appeared to be isolated at first but expanded to several students who were involved in the dissemination of obscene photographs, which is also known as "sexting."

The investigation uncovered that nine minors were involved in fifteen incidents were photos were allegedly shared to other students in multiple towns in Iowa, including Storm Lake, Schaller, Lakeside and Sheldon and even as far as Graham, Washington.

Six students from Storm Lake High School and one from Storm Lake Middle School, ranging in ages from 13 to 17, were arrested on Monday under the following charges:

-15 year old male of Sheldon, IA was charged with 2 counts of Exploitation of a Minor (class C felony)

-15 year old male of Storm Lake was charged with 3 counts of Exploitation of a Minor (class C felony)

-17 year old male of Storm Lake was charged with 2 counts of Exploitation of a Minor (class C felony) and 1 count of Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor (serious misdemeanor)

-13 year old female of Storm Lake was charged with 1 count of Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor (serious misdemeanor)

-15 year old female of Lakeside, IA charged with 4 counts of Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor (serious misdemeanor)

-16 year old female of Schaller, IA charged with 1 count of Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor (serious misdemeanor)

-17 year old female of Lakeside, IA charged with 1 count of Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor (serious misdemeanor)

All of the juveniles were released to an adult pending their court dates.

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