'Massive' Teen-Sexting Investigation in Virginia Involving Instagram Photos

Counties are in Charlottesville area — so far.

Investigation uncovered more than 1,000 photos. (Screen grab from WTVR.)
Investigation uncovered more than 1,000 photos. (Screen grab from WTVR.)

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."

Dave Clements April 08, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Mark April 08, 2014 at 06:05 PM
@Wayne Wright, if you would please look up the very basics of neuropsychology with regard to teens, you will find very quickly just how wrong it is to think the way you do about this. A young teenager doesn't have all the decision-making software developed yet, and so can't always make rational decisions. They are impulsive. They can't always work it out in their heads that what they're doing can lead to trouble. This is what predators exploit. To say that a 12-year-old should've know what she was getting herself into is just horrible, and if it were your daughter, you would agree with me. Children are not adults.
Tryla April 08, 2014 at 07:38 PM
People are going to be HUMAN. It doesn't matter. We are ALL GOING TO DIE anyway and no one will remember anything. If you don't believe me go look at a 300 year old cemetery and see if anyone is caring for the old graves. They are not. The head "stones" have fallen over and are deteriorating b/c no one they ever knew or paid is still alive.
Ryan Nay May 01, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Christ... let the kids share naked pics of themselves. Who gives a crap. When I was 15 I took video of my girlfriend and I having sex. Nobody was harmed. It was fun. Actually when I was 5 and again when I was 8 my sister and I played truth or dare with other neighborhood kids and ended up doing strip teases and taking nude pictures of each other. OMG!!! CHILD PORN!!!! Somebody call Chris Hansen!!! Seriously this country has such screwed up priorities it's ridiculous. Sex is normal and healthy!!! If police have nothing better to do than this then there are too many policemen in Virginia.
Rick Young May 01, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Ethics and morals are taught to children by their parents. Parents who set no boundaries and have no rules can't expect their kids to set their own. The parents must be held responsible for how the children grow up. People that don't want RESPONSIBILTY should NOT have children RYAN NAY seems to be one of these people that needs to be watched closely as a POSSIBLE PEDOPHILE.


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