Cellphone sex images lead to arrests of Long Island teens

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KINGS PARK, N.Y. — Officials on Long Island have announced the arrests and suspensions involving young students who allegedly used their mobile devices to circulate or view sexually explicit material of another student.

Suffolk County police said an encounter that occurred off school grounds between a male and female, who were  who knew each other, was recorded on a cellphone by a male acquaintance in late October. Police said the recording was distributed electronically.

They say two 14-year-old boys from Smithtown School District were involved in the incident.

Those boys were arrested on various charges including disseminating indecent material to minors and promoting sexual performance by a child.

"The thing that deeply upsets me is that very few, if any, of our students district-wide reported any recent problematic behaviors to an adult," Superintendent of Schools  in Suffolk County Timothy T. Eagen said in a letter penned to parents. "This I find troubling."

"The district is committed to continuing to educate students in school about the potential consequences for problematic online behavior."

Eagen didn't reveal how many students were suspended. The charged students are scheduled to appear in family court at a later date.

Further dissemination of the video may result in criminal charges, police said.

Smithtown School District confirms it is investigating the incident and working with Suffolk County police on the investigation into the allegations that its students were also involved in the sexting.

"We are greatly disturbed by these allegations and we express our heartfelt concern to the alleged victim and their family," Dr. James Grossane, superintendent of Smithtown Central School District, said in a statement.

"This is a very serious matter and the district is currently conducting an internal investigation to further explore this incident. District disciplinary action will be determined pending the outcome of our investigation."