Hanover Sheriff’s Office looking into teen ‘sexting’ allegations

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Local law enforcement believes that two Hanover juveniles may be connected to a multi-jurisdictional teen “sexting” investigation.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Chris Whitley said the Sheriff’s Office first learned of this investigation last Thursday after news reports emerged on the scandal, but was not contacted directly by any other law enforcement agencies.

The Central Virginian reported that in its investigation, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office uncovered more than 1,000 explicit or provocative photos and some videos involving teenagers and posted on the social media site Instagram. Their investigation began March 26 after a parent reported to a school resource officer that she had found suspicious activity on her child’s Instagram account the day before. The investigation spanned Louisa, Orange, Goochland, Fluvanna and Albemarle counties, in addition to Hanover. The Instagram site featuring the explicit photographs has since been taken down.

Since the initial report, the Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate contact with several of the law enforcement agencies mentioned in these reports to determine their origin and validity, Whitley said, adding that today, the Sheriff’s Office was able to confirm that the investigation originated in Louisa County and is being conducted by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

Hanover investigators were also provided with the names of two Hanover juveniles who may be connected to this investigation. As a result, Whitley said investigators will conduct a professional investigation to determine if anything illegal actually occurred in Hanover County.

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