A case of alleged sexting involving numerous students in the St. Clairsville School system has been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations by Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry.
Fry said many, quote, "noteworthy" people have children involved in the incident, and added that although he has complete confidence in St. Clairsville Police, he doesn't want the slightest appearance of favoritism.
On Monday, St. Clairsville Schools Superintendent Walt Skaggs confirmed that the school administration, in conjunction with the St. Clairsville Police Department, had handed the investigation over to Fry. Skaggs said he has been told to not discuss the details of the incident, and that no school discipline will handed out until the investigation is complete.
On Friday, it was revealed that school officials were investigating what may have been a major incident of inappropriate text messaging among the students. The topic exploded on social media, while authorities tried to sift rumor from truth.
Superintendent Walt Skaggs confirmed on Friday that an investigation was under way, but said rumors swirling about the incident were "simply inaccurate."
Phone calls to WTRF and posts on Facebook indicated 47 to 50 students were sent home over the alleged sexting. Skaggs, however, said no students were sent home and no one was suspended, but he did confirm an investigation was under way.
According to unconfirmed reports, the incident apparently involves the online sharing of both still photos and a video.
When asked if the they intend to do more programs to get the message out on the dangers of sexting, Skaggs said, "We always have. We get the word out every day. Our message is "pause before you hit send."
Anyone with information on the alleged incident is invited to email WTRF at firstname.lastname@example.org.