Greer — Five pupils from Upstate middle schools have been arrested for numerous sex offenses involving an aggravated rape.
Four of the arrested pupils are girls, and they are slated to graduate from Riverside Middle School in Greenville in less than a week and a half.
The fifth pupil, a boy, is slated to graduate from Ralph Chandler Middle in Greer in the same time frame.
Greer Police Office deputies said that Wednesday’s arrests are in relation to a kiddie pornography investigation that has been ongoing for quite sometime. The Greer Police Office is the lead investigating agency in this case.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department are also assisting the Greer Police Office.
All three law enforcement agencies say an intoxicated girl, a Riverside High School pupil, was raped at a home in Simpsonville over the weekend.
The incident was streamed over Apple’s FaceTime app with one of the four girls behind the camera and that was recorded.
The girls had the video on their phones.
Police say the video was spread through IMessage and standard smartphone texts.
The Greenville County Schools Board suspended all five pupils indefinitely immediately after the arrests and all of them are recommended for expulsion from their respective schools.
Police say that ten IPhones and Android phones were confiscated for forensic tests.
They’ve also taken statements from at five dozen pupils at Riverside MS, where the majority of the arrestees attended.
The quintet are all charged with distribution of child pornography. The boy is also charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
More charges against the five are likely.
Here’s a statement from Greenville County Schools:
Four students from Riverside Middle School have been charged by Greer Police Office with Possession of Child Pornography. The four students have been suspended and will be recommended for expulsion.
According to the Greer Police report, an alleged sexual assault occurred on Saturday, May 14th at a private residence in Greenville County. A FaceTime call was made from the residence by several students. The student who received the call recorded it and later sent the video to others.
On Monday May 16th, some students at Riverside Middle began showing the video to other students. One student saw the video and reported it to a school official.
The parents of any students who we are aware were directly exposed to the images or video have been contacted, and those students have received counseling and support from our school counselors and staff. Support services will continue to be available to any students who indicate they have a need.
This is a difficult and complex issue for our school community to process. We encourage parents to discuss with their children the importance of internet safety.
The names of the arrestees, all of whom are fourteen years old, have not been released at this time.
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