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No charges filed for Claremont school sexting incident

Criminal charges will not be filed in the El Roble sexting scandal, the Claremont Police Department has confirmed.

The case was first reported on December 17, 2015, where it became known that as many as 15 students at El Roble Intermediate were sending and receiving sexually explicit photos of themselves on the social media apps Snapchat and Kik. Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont PD said the matter would be resolved within the school district.

“No one was arrested. We dealt with it administratively,” Lt. Ciszek said.

The district attorney could have filed charges against the students, who technically violated child pornography laws by sending and receiving the photos.

A meeting was convened on January 7 between students, parents, school administrators and police officers. All parties were “on the same page” in regards to how the incidents should be dealt with, according to Lt. Ciszek.

Lt. Ciszek also mentioned that it could not be determined if the sexting happened on or off campus.

“The kids were just being kids and not thinking about it,” Lt. Ciszek said.

Claremont Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Mike Bateman said the situation was “handled appropriately.”

—Matthew Bramlett

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