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Five of the six young men accused of sharing intimate images of 20 local high school girls on Nova Scotia's South Shore have pleaded guilty, closing one of Canada's largest prosecutions involving children under a law that came into force two years ago. The sixth teenager was not in Bridgewater provincial court on Wednesday to enter a plea, but his lawyer Geoff Franklin told CBC News his client intends to plead guilty.
The Crown said he's pleased with the outcome, given two weeks had been set aside for a trial. That's a pleasing development for us. The six were charged following a year-long investigation by Bridgewater police in response to complaints from school officials. Officers seized a of electronic devices — mainly cellphones. According to court documents, several female students said they had sent nude photos, but had no idea they were being shared.
The photos were initially sent through texts and the social media site Snapchat, according to the documents. Then the police investigation revealed the existence of two Dropbox s that were created in the spring of Dropbox is an online file-hosting service. The first had approximately 60 nude and suggestive photos, with teen nudes dropbox people accessing its contents, according to the documents. A second had most of the same images, with four people able to access it. Both s were deleted about a month before the principal of Bridgewater Junior Senior High School notified police in May The six teenagers also faced charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, but Dostal said those charges were dropped.
Four of the accused are 15 years old now and two are They were all youths when they committed the offences inand their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Dostal says he hopes the programming will "bring home the ificance of these offences.
So the ball is in their court, and we do hope they're not simply saying they are remorseful and they can actually show it," he said. Police have said more than 20 female victims were targeted in the case and most of them were students who attended Bridgewater Junior Senior High School. In some cases, police say, the boys took and shared photos of themselves in order to get pictures in return.
Some girls learned about the Dropbox s and later turned over their phones to school officials. The names of the accused and the girls who appear in the photos are protected by a court order, but police say all of the girls involved teen nudes dropbox or have lived in the Bridgewater area. Distribution of intimate images without consent is a relatively new law, which came into force in Maydeed to combat illegal sharing of images. She has been with CBC since as a reporter and producer in all three Maritime provinces.
All news tips welcome. Send an to cbcnsinvestigates cbc. Nova Scotia 5 teens guilty of sharing intimate images in Bridgewater Dropbox case Five of the six young men accused of sharing intimate images of 20 local high school girls on Nova Scotia's South Shore have pleaded guilty, closing one of Canada's largest prosecutions involving children under a law that came into force two years ago.
Social Sharing. Child porn charges dropped The six teenagers also faced charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, but Dostal said those charges were dropped.
Probation programming The boys have agreed to attend educational training, similar to restorative justice. Angela MacIvor Reporter.Teen nudes dropbox
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Nova Scotia teens stored up to 75 intimate images on Dropbox: court documents