PRESS RELEASE, 3/5/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no charges in Harrison High School sexting case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed in the Harrison High School sexting case.

Harrison Police opened an investigation at Harrison High School on January 7th after receiving complaints about pictures on student cell phones of male and female students in a state of nudity and/or engaged in sexual activity. 

The Harrison Police investigation is now complete.

With the conclusion of the Harrison Police Department’s investigation and consultation with Harrison High School, no charges will be filed.  The matter will be handled by parents, police and the school.  The Harrison Police will confiscate and destroy 7 of the 9 electronic devices that they obtained during their investigation.  The 7 that they are retaining contained sexual photographs of minors in a state of nudity and/or engaged in sexual activity.  In addition, all of the students involved attended a January presentation by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office on the dangers of this type of behavior.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “This is the appropriate resolution of this matter.  Felony criminal charges would not benefit any of the students involved.  When we review these cases we look at the law but we also use our good judgment and common sense.   It is often best to let parents, police and the schools handle this type of matter without court intervention.

Juveniles often do not realize the consequences of these impulsive acts which is why we partner with Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions to speak with student and parent groups about the risks of this type of behavior in an effort to prevent kids from taking and distributing these kinds of photos and why we spent 2 days in January speaking to Harrison 6-12th grade students and parents.  The real punishment here is the fact that these photos live on forever in the Internet world and no police investigation or court involvement can change that.”