Party picture leads to hard lesson for Metro East high school students

FAIRMOUNT CITY, Ill. (KSDK) - Teens often make dumb decisions. We know that. But we also know the consequences could last a life time.

Such an event happened last weekend at a home in Fairmont City, Illinois where Collinsville high school students were hanging out. The adult homeowner works the graveyard shift and without his consent, his 14-year-old son hosted a party with alcohol.

At the party, someone took a picture of two boys having consensual sex with a 14-year-old freshman. According to police, the boys were 14 and 16-years-old.

The student with the cell phone camera allegedly showed the picture at school on Monday. A teacher found out, alerted the school resource officer, and the police quickly got involved. Now the student with the camera faces charges. At the very least, the sexting crime under the Illinois juvenile code is called "minor in need of authoritative intervention."

Under that law, he could be placed under the jurisdiction of the court and ordered into counseling and community service. The St. Clair State's Attorney and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are now involved.

The three students who had consensual sex most likely will not face any charges, although under Illinois law, they could. Under the juvenile code if the ages are within five years of each other, they could be charged with a class A misdemeanor punishable with up to a year in jail, and or a $2,500 fine. According to St. Clair State's Attorney Brendan Kelly a typical sentence under this charge is probation and a minimal fine.

The investigation continues.

Privately, authorities say there are lessons and consequences to learn here; of course, regarding sex, but also for the student with the cell phone who may think the picture he shares, is funny.


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