October 24, 2014
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Police investigating website that reportedly had ‘provocative’ photos of Vets students

Police are investigating what one parent told the Beacon was a pornographic website that contained photos of one or more Warwick Vets students.

According to Col. Stephen McCartney, the website was brought to the attention of the school’s police service officer, who in turn alerted the department’s command staff. Detectives questioned several students on Wednesday, according to the parent.

“It’s some sort of complicated cyber scheme, a website that allows you to post pictures,” said McCartney.

The chief did not provide the name of the site and said it is possible that it has been taken down. McCartney said the department received one complaint about the site. He said a student who was evidently featured on the site showed police the posting and said, “Look what they’re saying about me on this site.” McCartney speculated the posting could have been a joke, but that it contained “legitimate pictures of students.” He could not say whether photographs of students had been superimposed on bodies of other people. He did say the students “may have done it themselves.”

He said the department’s cyber team is investigating the matter and it is too early to determine what crimes have been committed, if any. While McCartney has not personally seen the photographs, he called them “provocative.”

When asked on Friday about the situation, school administrators said they had not been notified, either by police or the staff at Warwick Vets. They had no information.


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