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State Police investigating explicit social media accounts

1 year ago January 31, 2014 Jan 31, 2014 Friday, January 31 2014 Friday, January 31, 2014 10:14:44 PM EST in News
Source: WBRZ

LAFAYETTE- State Police in southwestern Louisiana are investigating the Instagram accounts of teenagers after reports of cyberbullying and child pornography being posted on the picture sharing site.

Investigators said the images likely appeared as teens were stuck at home, bored during the recent winter storm that closed schools for nearly the entire week.

KATC TV, the ABC affiliate station for the region known as Acadiana, reported images posted were explicit and tagged other users.

State Police are in the early stages of their investigation, but are working to determine if the images are in fact child pornography, according to the station's website.

"If a person underage takes an explicit photograph of themselves, or a person underage, or overage, requests an explicit photo, age does not matter, that too is a crime," Trooper Stephen Hammons told KATC.

If illegal activity was taking place, the original posters could be slapped with jail time and fines.

Instagram told KATC it was aware of the situation and accounts in question were deactivated.
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