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Land O'Lakes High seniors accused of sexually battering two teen girls

Myron Bloom, 18, faces sexual battery and child porn charges. [Pasco County Sheriff?s Office]

LAND O' LAKES — Two high school seniors were arrested last week after deputies said they sexually battered two young girls who were intoxicated at the time.

Myron Bloom, 18, of Land O' Lakes, faces charges of sexual battery and transmitting child porn. He was arrested Friday.

A 17-year-old also faces charges of sexual battery. He was arrested Thursday. The Tampa Bay Times is not identifying the 17-year-old because of his age.

They are both basketball and football players at Land O' Lakes High School, according to an online high school sports tracker.

The incident took place on March 23 at about 2 a.m., according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

That's when Bloom sexually battered a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl who were both drunk and unable to consent, deputies said.

Bloom later posted a sexually explicit video of the girls on social media, deputies said.

The 17-year-old sexually battered the 16-year-old girl, deputies said, and his act was recorded in the video Bloom shared.

Both Bloom and the 17-year-old admitted to the allegations, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Bloom was released from the county jail after posting $105,000 bail. The 17-year-old was booked into the juvenile detention center.

Pasco County School District spokeswoman said the student code of conduct calls for an automatic 10-day suspension and recommends that the students be expelled.

The school board has not held any expulsion hearing as of Tuesday morning, but the students were not in class that day.

Times staff writer Jeffrey Solochek contributed to this report. Contact Justin Trombly at Follow @JustinTrombly.