Nude photos of Norwin students surface on porn website
Investigators are looking into how nude photographs of some Norwin High School students ended up published on a pornographic website, said Andrew Lisiecki, North Huntingdon police chief.
The website is now shut down and the department has called on the state Attorney General's office for help investigating, Lisiecki said.
The Attorney General's office did not return requests for comment, and the Pittsburgh division of the FBI declined comment on its involvement in the investigation.
Norwin High School administrators were notified of the photographs on Oct. 30 and the matter was turned over to police, spokesman Jonathan Szish said in an email.
The photographs depict five or six female students, Lisiecki said.
Hackers likely used a program to pluck the photographs from accounts on social media websites — such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram — held by the students, then reposted them on the pornographic website, Lisiecki said.
“It's a type of site used by hackers that accesses kids' Facebook and social media sites,” Lisiecki said. “Some of the photos aren't very flattering of the students. Some of them show them in various stages of undress.”
North Huntingdon police officers began an investigation, but the website has since been shut down and the files have been deleted, Lisiecki said.
“We did make contact with the Attorney General's office and federal offices,” he said. “If they're posting photographs of underage kids, obviously we'd be looking at some kind of child pornography charges.”
Lisiecki said children should use caution when posting images to websites.
“I think what they should be aware of is, watch what they post,” Lisiecki said. “Unfortunately, once they take a picture of themselves and they send it out on one of these sites, it's there. Anybody can reach out and grab it. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do.”
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