High Schooler Arrested For Exposing Himself In Photo

| by Michael Howard
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A high school student from Mesa, Arizona, was arrested and charged after it was discovered he had exposed his genitals in the varsity football team's official photo.

Hunter Osborn, 19, was hit with 69 counts of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, and one count of furnishing harmful items to minors, a felony. If convicted, he faces a prison sentence and a permanent spot on the sex offender registry, according to the Daily Mail.

Mesa Police Department explained that the 69 charges reflect the number of people who were present when the photo was taken. That number can be reduced if adults in the photo choose not to press charges.

"It is still an ongoing investigation," Detective Steve Berry said, according to CBS News. "The number of charges may go up or down depending upon how the investigation continues."

Osborn, who was 18 when the photo was taken, was booked on April 30 and released the same day on his own recognizance. The court ordered him to wear an electronic monitor, the Daily Mail reports.

The photo was included in the school's yearbook, seen by 3,400 students, and the school's football program, which was distributed at games.

The teenager reportedly explained to police that a friend had dared him to expose himself as a prank, and that he is "disgusted" with himself in retrospect.

Several students told KPHO they didn't notice Osborn's prank until some adults began expressing outrage over it, according to CBS News.

"He made a dumb mistake a little bit," fellow senior Zach Anthony said, "but I don't think he should be charged so heavily for that."

The school released a statement:

"The district is dismayed by the actions of the students involved in the photograph. Their behavior does not reflect the values of Red Mountain High School or Mesa Public Schools.

"Upon learning of the photograph, school administration immediately contacted police and is cooperating fully with the investigation. Disciplinary action will follow policy and may be based on the outcome of the police investigation. 

"The school and district are conducting an investigation to determine what actions might have prevented the publication of the photograph, so appropriate safeguards can be put in place going forward.

"While the small size of the photograph as published makes the details difficult to discern, the yearbook has been recalled so the school can make a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content."

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS News / Photo credit: KPHO via Daily Mail

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