Monday, May 21, 2018
Education

School sex tape leads to arrest of two Fivay High students

HUDSON — Two teens have been arrested over a videotaped sex act last week at Fivay High School:

The 17-year-old boy accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl; and a 15-year-old boy accused of recording the encounter on his cellphone.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the teens had sex in the school media center between 11:25 a.m. and noon March 11. The girl told deputies she had consensual sexual intercourse with the boy, the report said, but the encounter is a crime due to her age.

The boy acknowledged having sex with the girl, the report said.

Neither was aware, however, that a third student was recording the act.

One student saw the 15-year-old boy recording the encounter on his cellphone. The boy then sent the video to another student, according to the sheriff's report.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested Monday on a charge of lewd or lascivious battery. The 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday on charges of creating and transmitting child pornography. Both were taken to the juvenile assessment center.

School district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe confirmed that all three students involved in the incident have been suspended, though she did not say for how long.

The Times is withholding the names of all of the students involved, due to their ages and the nature of the allegations.

Sheriff Chris Nocco called a press conference Tuesday with detectives working on the case to talk about the incident.

Detective Jenifer Kraus said the video was too large to be sent through text, so the student transmitted it via Bluetooth. It was unclear how many students have received the video, but Nocco wanted to make sure they know having it is illegal.

"It's child pornography," he said. "You send it out, you're going to have the same consequences."

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