After taking, sharing photo of sex act, high school girl, 15, charged with possession of child porn

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - After taking a picture of two teens involved in a sex act and sharing the image with others, a 15-year-old girl was arrested, accused of possession of child pornography.

"This is a very serious offense, and could have negative consequences the rest of this student's life," said Wiregrass Ranch High School principal Robyn White as she recorded an automated phone message that was sent to parents Tuesday.

The message let parents know that a student at the high school in Wesley Chapel was arrested for what is a 3rd-degree felony.

"I want to urge parents to monitor their students' phones and internet activity to protect them from similar charges," White went on to say.

The 15-year-old female student, who we are not identifying because she is a juvenile, is accused of taking a picture of two other teens engaged in a sexual act, then months later after a falling out, authorities said, she maliciously spread the photograph.

"I know she did it to hurt her," said Pasco Sheriff's office detective William Lindsey.

Authorities say it's illegal to take pictures of underage kids involved in any sex act.  It's also illegal just to have them on your phone, even if the images are of yourself.

"The students didn't necessarily realize what they were doing was that severe.  And the parents were absolutely astounded by the fact that their child was being arrested," said Lindsey.

The sheriff's office is also set to arrest another student from Wiregrass Ranch.  An 18-year-old they say took the picture and posted it on Twitter.

"We are trying to teach a lesson, enforce the law.  But not destroy someone's life, that's not the intention," said Lindsey.

Authorities say they deal with complaints of sexting all the time.  In March, two Fivay High School students were arrested in connection with video of a sex act in the library.

In this case, the act didn't happen in the school, but the sharing of the picture did.

The school district continues to try get the word out that these activities lead to big trouble.

"We have the school resource officers in the high school do programs with the students and go over the consequences and remind them what a bad idea it is," said Pasco school district spokesperson Linda Cobbe.

Authorities want to emphasize that once these pictures are sent out on the web, there is no bringing them back. And if you have them on your phone, delete them immediately.

Here is the complete phone message sent to parents:

Hello.  This is Ms. White, principal of Wesley Chapel High School.  I'm calling to let you know that a 15-year-old student was charged today with felony possession of child pornography.  In May, a teacher noticed the image on a cell phone and reported it to our school resource officer.  This is a very serious offense and could have negative consequences the rest of this student's life.  I want to urge parents to monitor their students' phones and Internet activity to protect them from similar charges.  I also want to remind students that it's not worth it to take images of body parts or activities that could result in criminal charges.  Please use phones and cameras responsibly.  Thank you, and have a safe summer break. 

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