Chicago girl’s nude Snapchat photo prompts ‘parents-only’ meeting

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CHICAGO — Chicago Police are investigating a sexting case involving a girl from the Beverly neighborhood who used the Snapchat app to send a nude photograph of herself to her boyfriend.

The boyfriend, from Oak Lawn, then used the app to disseminate the photo and blackmailed her into sending him more photos, according to Chicago police Detective Charlie Hollendoner and Ald. Matt O’Shea (D-19th).

“The victim’s family keeps calling because there’s another kid who sent it,” O’Shea said. “Every week, I’m getting a phone call (about more people seeing her photo).”

The name of the girl and her school have been withheld, as well as her grade level, to protect her from further embarrassment.

Police say all parties are being investigated, including the girl who sent the photo and the boy who used it.

The incident may have violated the state sexting law and possibly the child pornography statute.

Police say girls sending nude photographs of themselves is a ‘new crisis.’

Hollendoner, who investigates sex crime cases, says he has seen an increase in nude photo cases involving minors. He said he has witnessed ‘probably three a week’ in just the past year.

This specific sexting incident spurred police to hold a “parents only” meeting at St. John Fisher Grade School, 10200 S Washtenaw Ave, on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the schools basement.

The “parents meeting” is meant to educate parents of the unsafe use of social media by some minors, and the lack of security provided on the internet.

Principal Sister Jean McGrath of St. John’s Fisher, said that while she appreciates the “vast opportunities” that technology brings, “young and curious minds do not realize that the lack of security” on websites and apps.

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