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Bothell junior high students accused of 'sexting' nude photos

BOTHELL, Wash. - Police have launched an investigation into allegations of rampant "sexting" - or texting of sexually explicit photos - among Bothell junior high school students.

The investigation began Friday when the Northshore School District notified police that a number of students appeared to be involved in the illegal activity. The district said two schools appeared to be involved - Canyon Park Junior High and Skyview Junior High.

According to the district, several boys allegedly were encouraging a number of girls throughout the school year to send nude photographs of themselves to the boys' cell phones. These in turn were apparently shared with other students.

Detectives so far have confiscated at least 11 cell phones and are conducting interviews, identifying suspects and victims, notifying parents and collecting evidence.

"At this time we're trying to determine the scope, the depth, of this sexting investigation," said Sgt. Ken Seuberlich of the Bothell police.

The case will ultimately be reviewed by the appropriate prosecutor's office for review of potential criminal charges, he said, adding that it is it illegal to disseminate, possess, and view pictures of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in Washington state.

"People who are in possession of these photos could be looking at charges," Seuberlich said.

He said the oldest student involved appears to be 16. The girls who sent the nude photos were in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades, he said.

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