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A stupid high school prank could have serious lifetime consequences for one Arizona teenager.
On a dare from a fellow teammate, nineteen-year-old Hunter Osborn exposed himself in his football team’s photo. After circulating for months in the high school yearbook and other publications, the school finally found out.
Instead of dealing with the situation internally, they instead chose to get the police involved. Now Osborn faces 69 counts of indecent exposure, one for teach teammate, and one count of furnishing harmful items to minors, charges that would not only brand him as a sex-offender for life, but could put him behind bars for two and a half years.
Tamara Holder of FoxNews’s Sports Court interviewed attorney Domenic Romano about the case. Romano slammed the charges as “unbelievable” and a “strange prosecutorial choice.”
They discussed the concept of “in loco parentis,” which means that, in the place of parents, the school is in charge of students during the school day. This should have been an internal matter, undoubtedly dealt with strictly by the school, but not something brought to authorities seemingly itching to ruin this kid’s life for a high-school prank.
Osborn faces a preliminary hearing May 20.
Here’s the statement from Mesa Public Schools:
The district is dismayed by the actions of the students involved in the photograph. Their behavior does not reflect the values of Red Mountain High School or Mesa Public Schools.
Upon learning of the photograph, school administration immediately contacted police and is cooperating fully with the investigation. Disciplinary action will follow policy and may be based on the outcome of the police investigation.
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.
Watch Romano’s interview with Tamara Holder below:
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