Police are investigating a Facebook page which purported to show naked photos of Edgewood High School teenage girls, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office was alerted earlier this week after a caller in the Edgewood High School district claimed her son reported seeing a Facebook page which contained naked photos of girls and made reference to Edgewood High School, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eddie Hopkins.
Investigators, including members of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, found the page contained photos of at least a dozen naked girls.
Hopkins said that it appeared the girls had taken photos of themselves and shared them with a friend, who in turn gave them to a third party who posted them online. The photos were of individual girls, and no sexual acts were depicted.
“As terrible as this sounds, it did not appear that a crime had been committed,” Hopkins said in an e-mail. “The site did not meet the criteria for child pornography.”
Maryland defines child pornography as “limited to children who are under the age of 16, who are depicted as being the subject of sado-masochistic abuse or engaged in sexual conduct or in a state of sexual arousal,” Hopkins said. Those acts were not depicted, and though the individuals depicted are assumed to attend Edgewood High School, the age and location of the girls could not be conclusively verified.
Hopkins said the page, which has since been removed from Facebook, referenced Edgewood High School in its title but declined to name it specifically. He said the Child Advocacy Center will continue to investigate and, in cooperation with Facebook, attempt to identify who created the site and the girls depicted.