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Deputies bust massive teen sexting ring in Virginia

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -The Louisa County Sheriff's Office is conducting a major investigation into a sexting ring involving more than 100 teens.

The investigation started after a mother noticed suspicious activity on her daughter's Instagram account.

Kayla McNutt is a sophomore at Louisa County High School. She says lately, her friends have been talking about one thing.

"Some guys made up an Instagram page, and they got naked pictures from all these girls, and they started posting them on the Instagram page," she said.

The Sheriff's Office had the page taken down after finding more than 1,000 pictures and videos of teens, most of which were sexually explicit.

"I've seen the page, and there are like 13 naked girls on there," McNutt said.

The Louisa County chief deputy says it seems all the pictures were consensual. The oldest person pictured appears to be 17, and the youngest is just 14 years old.

Lori Lyons has a 15-year-old daughter at Louisa County High.

"I've talked to my daughter before and said, ‘Don't ever do it, no matter who asks, no matter what,'" she said.

The Sheriff's Office hopes the big bust will teach those teens a lesson—sending inappropriate pictures can go public, and it could stick with them forever.

"I hope they learn how dangerous it is to do and how it can get into the wrong people's hands," Lyons said. "They'll never do it again, hopefully." 

The chief deputy also says it doesn't look like any of the teens will face charges. They just want to educate them on the dangers of sexting.

The investigation doesn't involve the high school in any way, and none of the incidents happened during school hours. But deputies have taken 25 cell phones from teens who may have received or accessed the pictures.

"They came to me and took my phone too," McNutt said. "They're trying to figure out who started the page." 

Those phones will now go through a forensics evaluation, which takes about ten hours per cell phone.


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