Hunter Osborn: High School Student Arrested Over ‘Indecent’ Yearbook Photo

Hunter Osborn, a high school student who was captured in the school yearbook showing his private parts, has been arrested and is facing multiple criminal charges for the incident, Yardbarker is reporting.

Osborn, who is now 19, was taken into custody last weekend when a naughty picture of him was discovered in the Red Mountain High School’s yearbook.

In the photo, which you can see in the (censored) tweet below, a smiling Osborn was captured by the camera exposing his penis. The photo made its way into the high school football program sold to students at games as well as the high school yearbook.

The school has since pulled the yearbook and will reprint it with a censored picture of Osborn and the football team.

In a statement, Red Mountain High School said that moving forward, they intend to look at yearbook photos more closely before publishing yearbooks.

“The school and district are conducting an investigation to determine what actions might have prevented the publication of the photograph, so appropriate safeguards can be put in place going forward. While the small size of the photograph as published makes the details difficult to discern, the yearbook has been recalled so the school can make a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content.”

The school may have pulled the yearbook, but for Hunter, the damage has already been done. He faces 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure and one felony count of providing obscene material to a minor. Although he’s out of jail, he’s been ordered to wear an ankle monitor. And if he’s convicted, the 19-year-old man will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Hunter says that he was 18 when the photograph was taken and says that he only exposed himself in the team picture as a dare. He now says he’s disgusted by what he did.

Even though he’s admitted to allowing the indecent photo of him to be taken, and even though his naughty parts were undoubtedly seen by people under 18 – it was a high school yearbook, after all – whether or not Hunter deserves to be labeled a sex offender and face stiff criminal penalties for his actions is a matter of debate.

Arizona Republic writer EJ Montini opines that while boys Osborn’s age are often prone to ridiculous pranks, Hunter deserves to face at least some consequences for his actions.

“First, we all know high school boys are asinine and short-sighted. Legally, Osborn’s an adult, but none of us is so old that we’ve forgotten what dopes we were at his age. Still, it doesn’t excuse his behavior and whatever consequences Osborn suffers – no matter how severe or life-altering – they are his own stupid fault.”

But, says Montini, a sentence behind bars and a lifetime of being labeled a sex offender are a bit much. In fact, thanks to the internet, Osborn’s actions are already bound to follow him for the rest of his life — and that’s punishment enough.

“Public humiliation is instantaneous and profound these days. Osborn’s lewd little escapade made the TV news, social media, websites, newspapers, radio. And it will be online to follow him and embarrass him and make his life more difficult…forever.”

In fact, Hunter Osborn’s actions pale in comparison to those of some other high school football players of late. As Larry Brown Sports reported in October 2014, Sayreville High School in New Jersey canceled the better part of its football season after several players were arrested for horrific bullying and sexual abuse of younger players.

Do you think Hunter Osborn deserves prison for exposing himself in a high school yearbook photo on a dare?

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