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Pasco teen faces child porn charges

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A 15-year-old girl at Wiregrass Ranch High School has been arrested for felony child pornography. A 15-year-old girl at Wiregrass Ranch High School has been arrested for felony child pornography.
Wiregrass Ranch High School principal Robyn White makes a recorded phone  message for parents to let them know a student at the school was arrested for felony child pornography. Wiregrass Ranch High School principal Robyn White makes a recorded phone message for parents to let them know a student at the school was arrested for felony child pornography.
Detective William Lindsey with the cyber crimes unit of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office says a 15-year-old girl is facing a felony for taking a picture of two teens having sex. Detective William Lindsey with the cyber crimes unit of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office says a 15-year-old girl is facing a felony for taking a picture of two teens having sex.

A Wiregrass Ranch High School student is facing child pornography charges.

This week, Wiregrass Ranch High School Principal Robyn White sent a recorded phone message to all parents of the school.

Reading from a script on her computer, White said, "I'm calling to let you know that a fifteen year old student was charged today with a felony possession of child pornography."

Two months ago, a teacher at the school took a phone from a student that was suspected of cheating on a test. An image on the phone showed a sex act, officials stated.

Detective William Lindsey works in the cyber crimes unit at the Pasco Sheriff's Office. He says the girl took a photograph of, "two other juveniles engaged in sexual conduct and took the photograph and began distributing it."

The photo was eventually posted on twitter by an 18 year old male.

The 15 year old girl that took the picture is now being charged with a third degree felony for possession of child pornography.

According to Detective Lindsey, "It's illegal to take the photograph or the video. It's illegal to possess it. And it's illegal to transmit it."

The sheriff's office is trying to convince the 18 year old that posted the picture on twitter to turn himself in before more charges are added.

During Principal White's recorded message, she stressed that parents need to make sure their students are careful about what they do with camera phones and sharing pictures.

Speaking into the phone White said, "I want to urge parents to monitor their student's phones and Internet activity to protect them from similar charges."

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