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20 New Jersey students arrested in sexting controversy

Our society's advancing technological achievements are leading to many new and exciting possibilities when it comes to commerce and communication. But, the same advancements also provide an avenue for New Jersey residents to be charged with white collar crimes involving cybercrime and internet fraud. Just such a case appears to have popped up in Cape May, where 20 male students from two different schools were recently arrested in connection with an alleged sexting controversy.

According to the reports, 19 of the individuals who were arrested are juveniles and will face charges in juvenile court. One individual, an 18-year-old high school student, will face charges of invasion of privacy in adult court. If that individual is convicted as an adult, he could face up to five years in prison. The other 19 defendants could face up to two years in Training School.

The reports indicate that all of these individuals were involved in the trading of nude photographs of fellow female students. The photographs were reportedly being swapped via social media outlets and text messages. The 20 arrestees were students at a Cape May high school and a middle school. The alleged illegal activity was reportedly uncovered when a female student reported the activity to a school official.

An alleged conspiracy of such a large-scale, like this one, will likely require quite a bit of evidence collection. And, due to the use of electronics involved in these cases, the other electronic devices owned by the arrestees may also be subject to seizure by law enforcement officials. These cases are just getting started, but for the 20 students involved the damage to their reputations may be irreversible by now.

Source: International Business Times, "Sexting Scandal At Two Cape May, New Jersey, Schools Finds 20 Male Students Arrested For Invasion Of Privacy," Monica Castillo, May 26, 2015

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