Police complete investigation of WLHS photo-sharing
West Linn Police have closed an investigation into a lewd photo-sharing scheme at West Linn High School.
In the end, no charges were filed, according to WLPD Detective Mike Francis, as police were unable to determine the individual responsible for creating a cloud-based drive that stored photos of more than 100 students. Francis said the majority of the photos were of freshmen students and that they ranged from shots of students in their underwear to photos of fully nude teens.
"It's a fairly prolific issue," Francis said. "There's no one party we can determine is responsible for the Dropbox, so any criminal charges for anyone are not going to happen. We have contacted all of the involved parents and we will be doing education with parents and students around this issue of life in the 21st century."
Francis said many of the involved students knew that the cloud storage drive existed, and there was no evidence of a payment scheme to access it.
"We're talking about a large portion of a particular class at the school who were voluntarily taking pictures (and) sending them," Francis said. "And the pictures were winding up on the cloud-based drive."
He added that many of the photos appeared to date back all the way to the prior school year. The department learned about the case from the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.
"A number of the families we talked to were already familiar with it and knew about it," Francis said.
The photo drive has been deleted, and police hope to open up a discussion about the case at the beginning of the next school year.
"We want to work with health classes and talk about these things and create some awareness," Francis said. "We're going to work with the school district to create education around this and hopefully get kids to make better decisions."