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'Massive' Teen-Sexting Investigation Involves Thousands of Instagram Photos

Trending: The investigation spans six counties in Virginia following the discovery of nude photographs of a 14-year old and two 15-years olds on Instagram.

By Todd Richissin 

A "massive" teen-sexting investigation spanning six Virginia counties is underway following the discovery of nude photographs of a 14-year old and two 15-years olds on Instagram.

WTVR-TV reports that investigators have now uncovered more than 1,000 sexually explicit photos being shared on two Instagram accounts involving more than 100 teens.

So far, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Orange, Goochland, and Hanover counties are involved, but the investigation is continuing.

Investigators have seized nearly 24 cellphones in the investigation, the station reported. 

"These pages weren't readily accessible to the public," Major Donald Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff's Department told WTVR. "You had to know what page to go to, and then you had to contribute something in order to get the address to the second page that contained the images."

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Jonathan Kratz April 07, 2014 at 06:18 AM
Gregg! It only took like, seven or eight postings for someone to call someone a name! You were polite enough to abbreviate "asshole"; how thoughtful. I think it ties back to what the original article discusses: the internet makes behavior we would normally consider inappropriate easier: a 14-year old wouldn't undress in public, nor would her parents or the law allow it, because she's not an adult, and evil men would want to take advantage of her gullibility. So we have a law against owning or distributing child porn. It would also be wrong for someone to turn to their neighbors in a supermarket line and say, "you assholes talk too much!" But the internet makes it easy to do these things...
Linda Richards April 07, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Hey! Here's a no-brainer. Stop giving your kids a phone with a camera!!!
Geneva Taxpayer April 07, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Maybe parents should do their jobs and not give their kid everything they want. There are apps to monitor activity, camera-less phones, GPS tracking apps, and more. Parents need to stop blaming everyone for why their kid is messed up or doing something wrong. Take control, snoop, and punish them. Parents have done it all of these years, and it worked. Pussy-foot parents are the ones to blame.

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