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West Springfield sex ring: Three students arrested in child porn case

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Three West Springfield High School students have been arrested in a child pornography case. The students are accused of making sex tapes with female students and then sharing them with classmates.

Fairfax County Police say the investigation began on Nov. 29 after a resource officer at the high school was notified of some sort of sex ring involving several students. After a five-week investigation, they arrested three male students ages 15 and 16.

The six victims are also juveniles. Some of the victims attend class with the suspects and others go to area schools.

The story first surfaced on the local website Fairfax Underground.

As the investigation continues, police say there could be more arrests, additional charges and more victims could come forward.

“It’s sad, it’s very sad,” says Stella Samuels, a parent.

“I’m not shocked,” says John Schroeder, a parent.

According to reports on the listserve Fairfax Underground, the boys are accused of getting teenage girls drunk, making sex tapes and then sharing that video with classmates at school and online.

Police believe the suspects and victims all knew each other, but parents say they were not notified by the school district about the arrests and they wish they had been.

“I was not aware of it,” says Schroeder. “I assume my child wasn’t aware of it either or she would have probably mentioned it.”

As for the allegations, many are now owndering where the adults were when all of this happened.

And some parents say they plan to have a conversation with their children about making good choices.

“I am always aware of where they are or whose houses they’re going to so that’s very shocking,” says Samuels.

Police say they have not publicized the case because the investiagtion is ongoing. A spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Schools says the district does not comment on student discipline matters.

The boys have been charged as juveniles with possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography.

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