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Cops bust teen sexting ring at Vermont high school

Cops bust teen sexting ring at Vermont high school
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(CBS/AP) MILTON, Vt. - Nearly two dozen high school students used school computers and a special email account to access explicit photos and videos taken by female classmates, according to police in Vermont.

Investigators on Thursday said the girls took photos of themselves and sent them to boys, who forwarded them to the email account. He says 17 girls aged 14 to 17 were identified in the photos, many of which qualify as child porn.

Milton Police Detective Cpl. Paul Locke says 22 students at Milton High School have admitted to using the school computers in February to view 30 to 40 images and three videos. Nearly all of the photos and videos were sent by cellphone.

"They didn't realize it was that serious, that they were doing anything wrong," Locke said of the male students to The Milton Independent newspaper. "They do now, though."

According to The Associated Press, the students will not face criminal charges but will have to attend mandatory sessions with a community board.