Posted “sextortion” video reportedly shows LPHS student being sexually abused

Press release from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

Late in the afternoon of Thursday, March 30, 2017, LaPorte High School administrators and the deputy sheriff assigned to the school as a resource officer were informed that a video depicting a child sexual abuse video of a LaPorte High School student had been posted to a social networking website, linked to numerous local accounts, and was being viewed and share by people across a number of Internet sources, including Facebook Live.

An investigation was immediately launched and school officials have opted to send a “robocall” to high school parents, informing them of the investigation and warning that anyone who possesses the video or further distributes the video may be guilty of possession and/or dissemination of child pornography, a serious crime and punishable as a felony offense.

LaPorte County Prosecutor John Espar has mobilized all members of the newly formed Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit and alerted the Indiana ICAC Task Force in Indianapolis and counterparts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Espar said initial efforts were directed toward stemming further distribution of the images, and a high-tech investigation is under way to trace the origins of the video and the individual(s) responsible for its production.

Investigators believe that this may possibly be one of the worst cases of “sextortion” to be investigated in this area.

LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd and Prosecutor Espar expressed concern for the child and the child’s family, who appear to have been victimized by a particularly heinous crime. Both urge everyone to refrain from jumping to conclusions in the matter and avoid the kind of speculation that can only further victimize the family and impede the investigation.

3 Responses to “Posted “sextortion” video reportedly shows LPHS student being sexually abused”

  1. Jeeze

    Mar 30. 2017

    Death, death, death, death, crash, crash, crash, turkey in windshield, 15 year old shot, guy selling bongs to elementary students, child porn…is there any good news in Laporte anymore?

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    • Taxpayer

      Apr 01. 2017

      Well I st south of 18 th,street got a new look. Who ever laid out the curbs must have been DRUNK, there will be a head on crash

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  2. lawman

    Apr 01. 2017

    taxpayer-and this has what to do with story????

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