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 May 21, 2010  Posted by  Court, Youth & Schools

David Singleton reports a follow-up to a Pennsylvania student sexting case that was covered previously on this site when a federal judge chastised a district attorney for threatening to prosecute the students.  The injunction was later upheld by the Third Circuit.

A former Tunkhannock Area High School student accused school and Wyoming County law enforcement officials of violating her privacy rights by seizing and searching her cell phone and punishing her for storing nude and semi-nude photos of herself on the device.

The woman, who was a 17-year-old senior at the time, contends in a civil rights suit filed Thursday that the intimate photos were intended to be viewed “only by herself and, perhaps, her longtime boyfriend.” She is seeking unspecified damages and the destruction of all electronic and hard copies of the photos.


The woman was a schoolmate of three girls who sued when they were threatened with prosecution by former District Attorney George Skumanick after photos of them in various states of undress were circulated among Tunkhannock Area students in 2008. In April, a federal judge barred prosecutors from pursuing charges in the “sexting” case.


Shannon P. Duffy also discusses the case in the Legal Intelligencer.

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