Middle school student charged in sexting case

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police have charged a Suffolk middle school student with producing child pornography and aggravated sexual battery.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the 13-year-old John F. Kennedy Middle School student is accused of obtaining nude photos of a girl and then using the pictures to coerce her into performing a sex act on a school bus in April. He allegedly threatened to share the images with his friends if she didn’t comply.

School spokesperson Bethanne Bradshaw confirmed to WAVY.com the boy was suspended immediately and was recommended for expulsion, based on the Student Code of Conduct.

After an expulsion hearing, the Pupil Personnel Committee decided to assign the student to an alternative education program at Turlington Woods School for the remainder of the school year.

Parents of students at John F. Kennedy Middle School say they did not receive notices about the crimes or the charges.

“They should have at least got in touch with parents and sent letters home or something, because this is my first time hearing about it,” said Missouri Warren, who has a sixth-grader at the school.

The case is a disturbing reminder for other parents to monitor what their kids are doing on their own cell phones.

“Mine have cell phones, but if I find out they’re not doing or not saying the right thing, I just put them on punishment and take it from them until they learn how to use them correctly,” Warren said.

Police refused to release any details about the case.

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting police identified five other potential victims during the investigation.

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