SBI investigates 15 Instagram accounts linked to nude photos of Wake Co. teens
by Associated Press
A screenshot of one of the Instagram accounts being investigated for posting nude photos of students.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
The State Bureau of Investigation obtained a search warrant for user information and content for 15 Instagram accounts in its probe of nude photos of students in Wake County.
Court papers show the SBI also wants to find out who signed up as followers of the accounts.
The SBI has investigated reported of nude student photos on Instagram accounts in Wake, Chatham, Craven, Durham, Edgecombe, Johnston, Pitt, Randolph and Surry counties. An agency spokeswoman said Monday that Alamance, Caswell, Cabarrus and Guilford counties have become involved in recent weeks.
Almost 70 nude and sexual images of local high school students were exposed to thousands of people Feb. 11.
Special Agent Kevin G. Roughton said in the warrant application that information connected to the accounts could help in bringing charges of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and cyberbullying.
Roughton said he wanted to a list of all followers associated with each account.