Police in the Philadelphia area township of Bristol are dealing with the legal issues surrounding a sex tape made by two middle schoolers that has recently been circulating around Franklin D Roosevelt Middle School. The middle school sex tape came to light, Bristol Township School District Superintendent Dr. Samuel Lee said, after it had already been shared with an unspecified number of middle school students, according to a letter sent home to parents on Wednesday. The video was discovered by school officials during a concert the night before.
“Students had been viewing a video at our choral concert on Tuesday night. The students were very forthcoming and concerned,” Lee stated.
“It’s my understanding that a video has been distributed among our students which shows minors engaging in activities that are inappropriate and, in fact, illegal,” Lee said, stressing to parents that there are legal consequences that come with sharing and receiving the video because it contains a recording of minors in middle school engaging in sexual activities, which is legally considered child pornography.
According to CBS News, the Bristol Township Police Department have not confirmed if the middle schoolers caught on tape were Bristol Township students, and it’s unclear if the students in the sex video were aware that they were being videotaped. ABC Action News reported that sources say at least one of the minors on the sex tape was a Roosevelt student.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler told ABC Action News Thursday that the videotaped sexual activity might be a case of incest.
Lt. John Godzieba, Acting Chief of Police, released a statement about the middle school sex tape.
“The Bristol Township Police Department is investigating a report of a video of sexual conduct between two juveniles being circulated among students via cellphone at Franklin D Roosevelt Middle School, 1000 block of Veterans Highway Bristol, PA. At this time, it is not believed that the video was shot on school property or in school buildings. A number of cellphones have been secured by police for investigation, which is ongoing. School District administrators have circulated a letter to parents advising them of the incident.”
“I don’t think they are realizing the consequences to what they are doing, and there are consequences,” Patricia Jones, of Bristol, told CBS News, which said that there is no word on whether the students involved have been suspended, but that no charges were filed at the time of the report on Thursday.
Distributing child pornography is still a crime, even for minors. A law was recently passed that makes it a crime for minors to distribute nude photos and videos of minors, even if the minors consent. Criminal charges for minors can apply to both the sender and receiver of digital files of nude minors.
Parents are asked to call the Bristol police if their son or daughter has a copy of the video.
As of Thursday, the Morning Call reported that at least 10 cell phones had been confiscated by police. It is unclear if minors who distributed or willingly received copies of the videotaped sexual activities of the two middle school students will face charges as a consequence of the new law.
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