Cell phone video could lead to lifetime consequences

By: Megan Palera
mpalera@klkntv.com

There's no denying that times have changed. A picture or a video that is shared with others or lands on the web, can stick with you forever.

High schoolers just want to have fun, and they know in today's world where nearly every teen has a cell phone, putting yourself in a vulnerable situation can come back to haunt you. For example, sexting, sending someone a nude photo of yourself.

“I'm sure it's going on. I mean what high school doesn't have that,” said sophomore Shannen Pickering. It can happen in a flash and seem harmless at the time, but the consequences can last a lifetime.

“I know people who have done that before and they've gotten in trouble,” said freshman Jay Bridgeman. Trouble is exactly what a 17-year-old Lincoln teen is facing.

Police say he was with several teens inside a hotel room when he pulled out hi phone to tape a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl having sex inside the room without their knowledge.

He's facing changes of manufacturing child porn and if they prosecute him as an adult, he could face jail time and land on the list of registered sex offenders. These girls say more teens are willing to be more daring when it comes to sex. “I think teenagers are because we're more like susceptible to it with all the media and TV and Jersey Shore. That kind of stuff on MTV and all of that.”

A lot of you have been asking how the group of teens were able to get a hotel room in the first place. Police say they suspect there was an 18-year-old with the group or a parent booked the room for them.