Edmonds police complete investigation of teen sexting case; recommend felony charges
Edmonds police detectives have completed investigating the case of three teens – two from Edmonds and one from Shoreline — who allegedly photographed and shared explicit sexual images of a 15-year-old Edmonds girl.
Four individuals are involved in the case, stemming from an incident that took place late last year or early this year where two brothers, 17 and 18 at the time, took a photo of themselves engaged in sex acts with the girl. They later shared the photo with a friend, who retweeted it on Twitter.
At the time of the incident, two of the young men and the victim were students at Edmonds-Woodway High School; the third young man is from Shoreline.
“Edmonds police detectives have concluded their investigation and determined that the evidence clearly falls within the Washington State statutory definitions and charging standards for felony child pornography and felony sexual exploitation of a minor,” said Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Mark Marsh. “We are recommending charges against the older brother and the friend who shared the images. We are not recommending charges against the younger brother.”
With the investigation now complete, the case has been turned over to the county prosecutor, where the findings will be reviewed to determine what charges should be filed.
– By Larry Vogel