Two in Edmonds-Woodway HS sexting case plead guilty to misdemeanor cyberstalking, serve jail time

Two teens involved in a sexting case that including tweeting an explicit photo of a 15-year-old Edmonds-Woodway High School girl have served jail time after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cyberstalking, the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office said.

According to police reports, the 15-year-old girl engaged in consensual sex with two teen-age Edmonds-Woodway High School brothers during the 2012-13 school year. The older brother took a photo of the three engaged in a sex act. Several months later, the older brother shared the photo with a friend, who distributed it on Twitter. The older brother was 17 when the photo was taken but had turned 18 at the time the image was tweeted. The friend was also 18 at the time the image was shared. My Edmonds News has decided not to name the brothers, who were juveniles at the time of the sexual encounter.

According to documents filed with the court, the older boy promised the victim that the acts would not be photographed, but several months later he shared the photo with his friend, Christopher Parker, 18, of Shoreline, asking him to post it to Twitter. The photo was tweeted on May 8, 2013.

Discovering the photo the following morning, the victim reported it immediately to the Edmonds-Woodway Dean of Students, who contacted Edmonds authorities. Detectives from the Edmonds Police Department investigated the incident, and provided a report to the Snohomish County Prosecutor on Oct.17, 2013.

After conducting an investigation into the case, police recommended charges against the older brother and Parker, but not against the younger brother. Both the brother and Parker were sentenced to jail time — 10 days for the brother, and five days for Parker, said Dave Wold of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, and that time has been served. In addition, both the defendants also received two years’ probation.

 

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