Intisar Faulkner, Ozarks News Brief

NIXA- The child porn allegations facing a few Nixa Junior High students is still under investigation.

The Nixa Police Department says around 28 phones were taken from the students during school hours that could contain child pornography.

Although not associated with the case, i reached out to Defense Attorney, Dee Wampler for his opinion on the case.

“They can be charged, theoretically, in federal court. And if they were charged and convicted they’d have to register as a sex offender, most likely for the rest of their lives. So this has vast implications.” says Wampler

A source said that two students took photos of themselves and sent it to other students, and that student sent it to other students causing a chain of text messages sent.

And parents are furious of the situation. One says the kids are being treated as criminals before proven guilty.

“Actually, I think the parents should have been called and brought in at the time. Just because they said somebody sent them, it’s not right.” says parent Russell Parish

Drew Douglas with the City of Nixa told me that a few parents showed up at the police station demanding answers as to why and how their childrens’ phones were taken.

Wampler says even though the parents are outraged, the police have the full right to take the phones because the probable cause, listed in the constitution, doesn’t apply in schools. If the police have a “reasonable cause” they can seize the phones without the parents permission, but must have a search warrant to look through the phones.

He also advised that all parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents need to know what their children and grand children are doing on their cell phones and computers.

The police department says they have an investigator trained in handling child porn cases and they have the necessary equipment to search the phones.

The only thing they need now is a search warrant.

 

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