Middletown police investigate ‘inappropriate’ Snapchat photos from students

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Middletown Division of Police

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Middletown police are investigating “inappropriate” photos communicated on Snapchat by Middletown High School students, police said.

Maj. David Birk said school resource officers became aware of reports of inappropriate photos last week and started their investigation with detectives and the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

There were no teachers or staff involved, Birk said.

“Right now we’re gathering information,” Birk said. “We’ve issued search warrants for (electronic) devices. Both Snapchat and Facebook require search warrants to obtain information.”

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With students on spring break this week, Birk said he hopes to resolve the matter sometime next week.

He said a person who sends or receives inappropriate items and re-sends them to other people can be charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles or sending and receiving obscene materials of juveniles, which is a fifth-degree felony.

Elizabeth Beadle, Middletown City Schools spokesperson, said district administrators and the SROs are aware of the investigation.

“This is an active investigation with our Middletown Police Department and we are appreciative of their efforts to keep our students safe,” she said. “As always, if you see something, say something.”

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