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Teens arrested in sex video investigation

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Two teenagers are facing charges following a sex scandal at Fivay High School, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Tuesday.

Nocco said deputies arrested a 17-year-old after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl in the school's media room last week.

"The reason why [deputies made the arrest] is the victim was 15 years of age. Anybody under the age of 16 does not have the ability to have consent," Nocco said.

The sheriff said the crimes went beyond that; another teenager recorded the whole thing and is now facing child pornography charges.

Investigators said that same student then distributed the video using Bluetooth, although deputies aren't certain how many students received it.

"If you have this on your phone, destroy it. This is child pornography. You forward this on, and we find out about it, the sheriff's office is going to take action," Nocco said.

Superintendent Kurt Browning, who held a joint news conference with Sheriff Nocco, said the details in this incident are disturbing. Bowers said administrators will look at ways to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The superintendent added that staff members are in or around the media room, but it's not feasible to expect them to keep an eye on every student at all times.

"I think it's unrealistic to think that we've got to watch every student to the degree that these students may need to have been watched," he said.

A day earlier, Fivay Principal Angie Stone sent a pre-recorded message home to parents notifying them of the incident. The message also warned parents if their kids have a copy of the video they could face criminal charges and disciplinary action at school.

"This case is another learning example for parents out there that they can teach their kids...your actions have consequences," Nocco said, adding their main focus is on protecting the victim. "For that 15-year-old, [the video] is always going to be out there."

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