The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating naked pictures posted on a Facebook page that appear to be of more than a dozen teen girls from Edgewood High School.
Authorities say earlier this week they were alerted by a concerned mother who lives in Edgewood after she was alerted by her son about a Facebook page which featured pictures of minor females in various stages of undress and nudity.
Harford’s Child Advocacy Center was contacted, and the Facebook page was taken down shortly after police began investigating Tuesday, WBAL-TV reported.
Since there is no evidence of child pornography or sexual exploitation from the pictures, pornography laws may not apply, according to Edward Hopkins, a Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
It is believed the teen girls did not post the photos themselves, authorities said. The girls are believed to be from Edgewood High School in in Edgewood Md., because a post referenced the school.
"Cyber safety is an issue that we have been working proactively to address with local and state law enforcement and other stakeholders in the community,” read a statement from the school district. “Unfortunately, this is an increasing trend, and we will continue to work collaboratively with community partners to bring awareness of the resulting risks and consequences of this type of behavior."
A possible scenario is a girlfriend sent her boyfriend a naked picture and somehow that picture was shared and ended up on the Facebook page, police said. Authorities do not believe the girls posted the pictures themselves, though they may have taken the pictures themselves.
"Parents and teens really need to fully understand and be aware of what they are doing when teens participate in this type behavior," Hopkins told the Baltimore Sun.
No charges have been filed at this time.