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New York Teen Arrested After Secretly Filming Sex In School Locker Room, Then Posting It Online

A 17-year-old teen male from upstate New York was taken into custody on Monday with multiple felony charges after posting sexual content online without his underage partner’s consent.

The ages of the participants also makes recording and posting even consensual sex online the creation and distribution of child pornography according to existing laws.

It’s been reported that the teen boy had sex with a 16 year-old girl in the boys’ locker room at their school, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) High School. He filmed their sexual encounter without the minor’s knowledge or consent and posted the video on social media.

The video was discovered by an RCS staff member, who then reported the discovery to a school resource officer.

After the available information was reviewed, the teen was taken into custody by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with two felonies: for promoting a sexual performance by a child and for unlawful surveillance. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for endangering the welfare of a child. He has not yet been charged for child pornography by state or federal prosecutors.

The teen was later released back to his parents, but he will have to return for the official hearing on Tuesday in the Albany County Family Court.

A public statement was issued by RCS High School, in which they commented on inappropriate online behavior.

The statement reads:

“This is not the first time that students at RCS or other schools have utilized social media with extremely poor judgment, resulting in harm to other students or in breaking the law. We are faced with a cultural insensitivity to the ramifications of sharing personal information, violating privacy, or harassing or threatening other people on social media.”

The school has confirmed that, in addition to the teen’s potential charges in court, he will also have to face disciplinary action at RCS for violating the school’s code of conduct.

Twitter, of course, cannot imagine what the teen could have possibly been thinking.

This is one of those prime examples of the importance of consent in every single situation.

Whether it’s sexual engagement itself or otherwise sharing the encounter with people in some way, consent is always a requirement.

As a result, the school could put in place some kind of program that helps their students understand thinking twice before posting anything online.

Maybe schools everywhere should think about including that in their student enrichment programs.

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McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.