3 Florida teens accused of sharing illicit Snapchat video of 12-year-old

Three Florida teenage boys are accused of sharing a video of sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl on social media, authorities said.

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Two boys, aged 16, are from Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The third teen, 14, is from Key West.

According to the sheriff’s office, one of the 16-year-olds admitted to having sex with the girl while the other 16-year-old recorded it on a cellphone, the Miami Herald reported. The 14-year-old is accused of sharing the video on his Snapchat account, the newspaper reported.

According to the sheriff’s office, the 16-year-old who allegedly had sex with the girl was charged with lewd and lascivious battery, the Herald reported. The teen who taped the sex act was charged with lewd and lascivious battery, obscene communication by transmitting child pornography and cruelty toward a child by promoting a performance that included a sexual act by a child, the newspaper reported. The 14-year-old was charged with cruelty toward a child by promoting a performance that included a sexual act by a child.

The Herald reported that authorities began investigating the case in April after school officials learned the video was being shared by students via Snapchat.

“Detectives completed a search warrant from Snapchat to search (one teen’s phone),” sheriff’s office spokesperson Adam Linhardt told the newspaper. “They found the video of (a teen) having sex with the girl using that Snapchat history.”

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