Moline police are investigating an incident at Moline High School, where some students apparently distributed nude photos of female students.

In a news release sent this afternoon, Detective Scott Williams said that although the case is “not considered criminal in nature,” it is an example of the lack of education of the consequences and penalties of distributing that type of image.

The investigation began last week when police interviewed several students at the high school. The photos of the girls were shared on cellphones and distributed to a “large number” of students, according to the release.

The female students involved told investigators that they consensually sent the images to a friend but discovered later that the images had been passed around, according to the release.

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Police have reviewed the images and spoken with female students and their families, along with individual students who had the images on their phones.

Police and the school district are working together to educate teens and parents about the dangers of sexting and its potential consequences.

Superintendent David Moyer could not be reached for comment.

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