GREENSBORO, NC—Greensboro Police are investigating naked photos of minors posted on Instagram.
The state's investigation involving pictures of naked minors on Instagram is growing. We learned they're looking into photos of minors from Alamance and Guilford counties in addition to Randolph and Surry counties. Altogether, roughly a dozen counties are involved in this massive investigation.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford discovered the Greensboro police are getting involved. Greensboro police detective, Patricia Wright said they are committed to solving these crimes. She's working to get the proper subpoenas and search warrants to figure out who is behind the accounts.
"We are able to identify that these are local and middle and high school girls and sometimes boys and we know without a doubt that these are individuals that are under the age of 18," said Detective Patricia Wright.
Greensboro Police said this crime could mean felony charges for child pornography.
Detective Wright said it usually starts when a girl willingly sends a naked photo. That photo gets circulated and ends up on a social media site. Police say the girl who took the photo and every person who obtained it could be charged with child porn but it doesn't stop there.
Detective Wright said, "Not only do you have the felonies committed with the child pornography but you've also got the person who took and sent the pictures to become a victim of cyber bullying if all these people are saying terrible things about them."
That's what happened in Rowan County on Friday. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with cyberbullying after posting a naked picture of a 15-year-old girl.
That Rowan County case is not related to the massive state-wide investigation that we now know includes Guilford and Alamance County. The SBI has identified more than thirty accounts as potential violators.