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High school yearbook in So. Calif. "recalled" over child porn fears

Big Bear High School in Big Big Lake, California
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(CBS/AP) BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. - Are the students of Big Bear High School in southern California walking around with pornographic yearbooks that could get them arrested?

Students in the mountain community of Big Bear Lake, 70 miles east of Los Angeles, were asked to turn in their yearbooks after a photo was discovered of two students possibly engaged in a sex act, authorities said Thursday.

The background of a school dance photo shows a 17-year-old boy's hand inside the clothing of a 15-year-old girl in a way that suggests sexual penetration.

"The photo was taken at a dance and the suspect and victim are not the focus of the photo. They are in the background and likely didn't know they were in the photo," said sheriff's spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman.

San Bernardino County investigators were notified Tuesday and school employees - and detectives - began collecting the yearbooks.

The photo in question went unnoticed by the yearbook adviser.

"When the adviser scanned the photo, it was very easy to overlook," Bachman said.

But the scandalous picture didn't escape student notice after the yearbooks were distributed.

"You know, how you look at a photo and don't notice what's in the background? Then, it's, `Oh my gosh, look what's going on back there,"' Bachman said.

Most students have returned the yearbooks for editing, which involves covering the suspect photo with another page or another photograph.

Detectives were contacting students who haven't turned in yearbooks with a warning they could face a charge of possessing child porn (yup, that's what they said).

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