When school officials received word
that hundreds of naked photos had been exchanged by students at a Colorado High
School, the police launched an investigation that could lead to jail time, according to CNN.
Several members of the football team
at Cañon City High School have been implicated in the sexting scandal, prompting
the team to forfeit a game as investigators determine if any underage students in
the photos were coerced into sending them or if any adults were involved. Other
students have also been suspended as a result of the investigation.
"It has come to the attention of the Cañon City school district that a number of our students have engaged in behavior where they take
and pass along pictures of themselves that expose private parts of their bodies
or their undergarments," school officials said in a statement on Facebook.
The photos were stored in an app called Photo Vault, according to CNN.
Photo Vault is the 28th most downloaded photo and video storage app on the App
Store and its icon looks like a calculator.
The New York Times reported that the Photo Vault app allows users to
store photos on their phone discretely by using a decoy password which
redirects the user to a set of fake photos if someone is snooping in their
Students face Class 3 felony charges if they are found to have
taken a picture of themselves showing a naked private body part and sent it to
another person, received a nude photo and sent it to another person or received
a nude photo and stored it in their phones over a period of time.
Any convictions could involve registration as a sex offender.