Huge Teen Sexting Ring Busted
Instagram page had more than 1K explicit pictures, videos
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2014 11:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – After being tipped off by a mom concerned about her daughter's Instagram activity, police busted a huge teen sexting ring in Virginia, WRIC reports. "Some guys made up an Instagram page, and they got naked pictures from all these girls, and they started posting them on the Instagram page," explains a teen at Louisa County High School. The page, which has since been taken down, had more than 1,000 pictures and videos of teens, most of them sexually explicit, and the investigation involves more than 100 teens.

The chief deputy says the pictures, featuring teens aged 14 to 17, appear to have been consensual. The sheriff's office isn't planning to charge any of the kids; authorities just hope the investigation will teach them to think twice before "sexting" photos to other people. "I hope they learn how dangerous it is to do and how it can get into the wrong people's hands," the chief deputy says. Deputies took 25 phones from teens who may have been involved, and are trying to figure out who started the page. The teens involved span six counties, WWBT reports.