- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

An Arizona high school student is facing 69 misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and one felony count of furnishing harmful items to minors after police said he exposed his genitals in a football team photograph that wound up getting published in the school yearbook.

Hunter Osborn, a student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, told police he was dared by a teammate to pull the prank. He was 18 at the time the photo was taken, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

Approximately 3,400 students bought yearbooks containing the image before it was brought to the attention of school officials, CBS News reported.

There were 69 students, ranging in age from 15 to 19, and 10 faculty members present when the photo was taken, according to police. Police said Mr. Osborn knowingly exposed himself through the top of the waistband of his football uniform pants during the photo session.

He faces 69 misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and one count of furnishing harmful items to minors, which is a Class 4 felony, CBS News reported. The charges against the teen could change, as the investigation is ongoing, Det. Steve Berry said.

Mesa Public Schools issued a statement condemning “the students involved in the photograph,” but didn’t say whether the students would be punished by the school.

Alex Labban, creator of the Change.org petition “Free Hunter Osborn,” said the school is using the teen as a scapegoat.

“He wasn’t the editor that approved it or the teacher responsible for publishing it and distributing it to students,” Mr. Labban wrote. “The teacher responsible for the yearbook should be fired. Red Mountain High School is using him as a scapegoat instead of taking any responsibility.”

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