MESA, AZ (WCMH) – An Arizona high school student is facing a felony charge after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in the school yearbook.
Mesa police say 19-year-old Hunter Osborn was arrested after they were alerted to the picture over the weekend. A police document says the Red Mountain High School team photo shows Osborn exposing his penis through the top of his waistband.
Police say Osborn admitted to the prank and told them he did it on a dare. He added that he was disgusted by his actions.
Osborn was booked on a felony count of furnishing harmful items to minors and on 69 misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure.
The school district says the yearbook has been recalled and the photo will be edited. It released the following statement:
The district is dismayed by the actions of the students involved in the photograph. Their behavior does not reflect the values of Red Mountain High School or Mesa Public Schools.Upon learning of the photograph, school administration immediately contacted police and is cooperating fully with the investigation. Disciplinary action will follow policy and may be based on the outcome of the police investigation.The school and district are conducting an investigation to determine what actions might have prevented the publication of the photograph, so appropriate safeguards can be put in place going forward.While the small size of the photograph as published makes the details difficult to discern, the yearbook has been recalled so the school can make a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content.
There is also a petition on the website change.org titled “Free Hunter Osborn,” NBC affiliate KPNX-TV reports. The petition questions the severity of the charges, and asks why the principal and yearbook staff aren’t being held accountable for the explicit photo.
The sheriff responded to those concerns telling KPNX-TV “the charges are in accordance with the laws Osborn violated and if a victim wants to move forward — they can’t arbitrarily choose what someone is charged with.”
Osborn is already out of jail. He’s been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet until further notice.The Associated Press contributed to this report.What others are clicking on: