Three juveniles have been charged with possession of child pornography after staff at Washington Middle School reported an inappropriate photo was being texted among the students.
According to the Washington County call log, at 10:12 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, an officer responded to a call in reference to the incident that happened the previous night.
“It’s not good, but one had sent a picture to another one,” Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman said, describing the incident. He said no sex act was involved in the incident. Goodman also said the incident falls into the category of possession of child pornography and charges are being pursued. The juveniles were released to their parents.
Washington Schools Superintendent William Stone had little comment on the specific incident. He said this kind of violation would be treated as a student conduct violation and the penalty can range from detentions to in-school suspension to out-of-school suspension.
In Iowa, the penalty for a first-offense of possession or purchase of child pornography is an aggravated misdemeanor. An aggravated misdemeanor may be punished by up to two years in prison and a fine from $625 to $6,250.