Big Bear Authorities Consider Sex Crime Charges in HS Yearbook Case

Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers expect charges to be filed soon in a California case involving a possible sex crime that was revealed after the distribution of a high school yearbook.

The alleged crime came to light when a photograph showing a 17-year-old male student at Big Bear High School with his hand inside the dress of a 15-year-old female student, was published in the yearbook.  The two were in the background of a photo of a school dance.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, it is likely that a sex crime had taken place, because penetration likely occurred.  Whether charges of sex crimes will be filed against the two or not, may be left to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.  The boy in this case may be charged with either a felony or misdemeanor.

The 2011 yearbook at Big Bear High School was distributed about two weeks ago.  The photograph was brought to the notice of the high school authorities, at which point, the yearbooks were recalled.  The high school then notified the sheriff’s office about the photograph.  All the students were asked to bring in their yearbooks, so that the photograph could be removed from the books.  Those students who failed to bring back the yearbooks could even be charged with possession of child pornography.  Most of the yearbooks have been returned, except two.  Those two students have been contacted by the school, and have been ordered to bring their books back.

If the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office finds that there are grounds for charges to be filed against the boy in the picture, then he could be possibly facing charges of sex assault of a minor.   If convicted, the boy could even have to register as a sex offender.  There may even be additional charges of possession of child pornography against those who fail to return their yearbooks.

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