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.”
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Branding campaign aims to drive North Huntingdon’s economy
- Wealth of Norwin High talent to be showcased in ‘Spamalot’