INDIANAPOLIS - Police have launched a child pornography investigation at an east Indianapolis Catholic high school after nude pictures were found on a 15-year-old student’s smartphone.
The case once again revolves around a mobile messaging or chat app called Kik, the latest in a trend the Call 6 Investigators have been tracking in recent months.
The app allows users to instantly chat and share pictures between smartphones, and it has taken center stage in a number of other police investigations involving children as it grows in popularity.
Police were called to the Father Scecina High School on Nowland Avenue when the Dean of Students told police he spotted nude photos being displayed on the smartphone of a student as the administrator walked by him on Tuesday.
Police said the school official grabbed the child’s phone and quickly realized the nude photos captured the student himself in poses that police termed “intentionally sexually provocative.”
Detectives wrote in their police report that they found the child had been chatting and possibly trading those photos with an unknown female using the Kik mobile messaging app.
Naked pictures of other people were also found on the phone, police said.
It’s the latest case involving potential exploitation of children in the Indianapolis area.
In November, police were called when an east Indianapolis mother found her 15-year-old daughter trading sexually suggestive photos with an adult. Police seized her phone, but no arrests were reported in the case.
Just last month, the Call 6 Investigators reported on a registered sex offender who was arrested for trying to use the Kik app to contact the teenage victim of his crime.
In the Scecina High School case this week, police seized the boy’s phone and are now extracting data from it through a forensic search.
It was unclear whether the female receiving the pictures was also a child, or whether she was an adult. Regardless, federal and state laws make it a child pornography crime to possess or distribute sexual images of children.