Area teens falling victim to naked “selfies” on Facebook

Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014 ----- 5:30pm

"Selfies" gone wrong. Madison Police are sending out a warning to parents and kids after two local high school girls fall victim to having their naked pictures on facebook. A concerned citizen notified police this week of the pictures on the facebook page, and they fear there may be more victims out there. The page is still up, the naked pictures are taken down; now the big question is, who's responsible for posting the photos.

"Once you hit send, it's out there," said Joel DeSpain with the Madison Police Department. Madison Police are looking for answers after naked selfie pics emerge on facebook. DeSpain added, "these are young women who sent pictures to someone, a selfie; in a way that they trusted the person who was receiving the pictures."

It's an alarming trend; just a click of a button can have some serious consequences; not just for the victim, but also the person responsible for making the pictures public. "In this case, we believe it's also a criminal case because we now have child pornography that's been posted, at least temporarily on a facebook page," said DeSpain.

This is the first time Madison PD has investigated a case like this and fear there may be more underage victims out there. A reminder to parents to always be aware of their child's cell phone and online activity. "If their kids are under the age of 18, they should be talking with them about how they're using social media, not only facebook, but also phone based apps where they're taking pictures, making sure they understand is this stuff truly disposable," said Steve Noll, Marketing Professor at Madison College.

Facebook does monitor inappropriate pictures posted on the site, but within seconds the damage can already be done. Noll added, "in today's world, nothing disappears, there's always that digital trail of information that's out there."

Investigators believe the facebook page was created locally and are looking for your help in finding out who's responsible for making it. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608)266-6014.

Posted Thursday, June 19, 2014 --- 10:44 a.m.

Madison Police are warning young people to think before taking a suggestive or naked “selfie.”

Officers say these photos could end up in the hands of someone who could post them someplace else.

Police say a concerned citizen gave them information on a Facebook site where local teen girls' photographs are being posted.

A preliminary investigation suggests victims originally sent the photos to someone they trusted.

The citizen knows one of the victims, and says she is devastated.

A detective is trying to identify who has been posting the images.

If you know of anyone who has been victimized by this crime, or if you have information on the criminal, please contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

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