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Reynoldsburg: Cell phones confiscated in 'sexting' investigation

Reynoldsburg police are investigating a case of "sexting" at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

A school resource officer said he was advised at 11 a.m. April 23 that an 18-year-old student might have pornographic photographs of a juvenile on his cell phone at the high school. The officer said a teacher told him two girls had approached her and said they saw nude photographs of a 17-year-old girl on another student's phone.

The officer said the 18-year-old boy said he had been dating the girl for more than a year and that she had sent him seven nude photographs of herself from her cell phone. He said he did not know possessing the photographs was a crime.

The girl who sent the photos said she had since broken up with the 18-year-old and also did not know it was illegal to send the photographs, according to the police report. Both cell phones were confiscated and are being kept as evidence while police investigate the incident.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• Police charged a 16-year-old boy for telephone harassment at 1:10 p.m. April 23 at Reynoldsburg High School, 8579 Summit Road.

The school resource officer said the boy sent threatening text messages to another 16-year-old boy in a group message, calling him names and trying to get him to fight.

The officer said the mother of the boy who was threatened said she tried to talk to the other boy's mother, but "the situation was not handled," according to the report. The boy who was threatened said the teen who was charged and the group he was texting call themselves "trail" and are allegedly a gang that operates on Tomahawk Trail.

• A man told police someone broke into his home in the 900 block of Crofton Circle and stole items worth $3,950 between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 20.

The man said a laptop computer, television, jewelry and a PSP game player were stolen, along with prescription pills. The reporting officer said a window was damaged on the east side of the house and the screen was broken.

• Police tried to give an intoxicated man a ride home at 7:44 p.m. April 20 after he caused a disturbance at a business in the 2000 block of state Route 256, but ended up charging him with disorderly conduct. The reporting officer said when they drove the man home, he "became argumentative" and uncooperative, then struggled to escape the two officers as they attempted to search his pockets.

He then "tripped on his flip-flop in a crack on the concrete and fell down" while officers were escorting him to a cruiser, according to the police report.

The officer said the man yelled in Spanish and hit his head against the bars protecting the rear windows of the cruiser. He was transported to Franklin County jail. Deputies there found four 9 mm rounds in the man's pants pocket.

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