Did Stolen Phone Contain Explicit Video That Was Reportedly Shared Online?

Police are executing search warrants on electrical devices of multiple Radnor High School students.

The Radnor Township Police Department is investigating a cell phone theft at Radnor High School that was rumored to have led to a videoed sex act being shared online.

As of Thursday afternoon, it was still a rumor. Judge District Justice John Tuten had just signed search warrants that would allow the police to access the recovered stolen phone and the electronic devices of those accused of stealing it or other involvement.

Everyone involved is a Radnor student and under the age of 18, but police would give no other details about them. The Radnor Township School District cited confidentiality regulations and would not comment.

Lt. Christopher Flanagan said that the district was undergoing its own internal investigation. As of Thursday afternoon Flanagan said the police only knew that a smart phone had been stolen from a Radnor student; the rest,

Flanagan said he hopes people understand how “communication devices can get a lot of people in trouble.” Even children under 18 can face felony or child pornography charges.

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“Kids… don’t realize the consequences,” he said. “I think everyone involved wished the situation did not occur.”

The incident was brought to light on Wednesday, Nov. 14, when police were called to the high school for the report of a fight.

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Catherine November 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Why did Radnor Police have to leak this to a Philadelphia TV news station? It's irresponsible. These are minors who obviously made horrible choices .. but putting it out there on a network affiliate for the nation to see only makes it harder for these young people, their parents and RHS to move on. As a result, the game of Radnor "Operator" has intensified, with names and details being passed from person to person. It didn't have to come to this. Once again, Radnor cops felt the need to pick up the batphone to alert Philly news stations to events here just to make themselves look metro and important.
BANKER0917 November 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
HORRORS that something like this would happen on the Main Line ?? LOL !!
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out November 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Come on Catherine, where do you think our Police Chief / Superintendent spent his entire career? That's what we get when we hire someone from a very politically motivated environment...pro's and con's to each candidate.
i grew here you moved here November 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM
more face time
The Swell Guy November 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Don't criticizing the RTPD for enforcing the law - these guys are working hard enough trying to serve all of us - broadcasting criminal activity as it occurs is part of their job of protecting you. Has no one considered: What if - or more likely WHEN - the attorney of the girl claims the filmed act on the video was "Non-Consensual",..the whole picture can change if that happens. As scandalous as this story is, and as much as we might not want to own this "black-eye" as a community - facts are facts - you don't hide them, and present a false image of "looking good - all is well". The same type of"Lack of Transparency" - "Speak No Evil" - tactics you are suggesting is what allowed the Jerry Sandusky PSU molestation situation to exist for so long - and ruin the lives of so many- ending up an even bigger black eye for PSU - is brought on by endorsing a "Air No Dirty Laundry" policy. If the girl - or her attorney - should claim "Non-Consensual Act" as a strategem - And if RTPD did not disseminate the facts openly, as they occurred - RTPD would be criticized for NOT putting the information out publicly - and could have the finger pointed at them, and called "IRRESPONSIBLE". "Air No Dirty Laundry" allowed Sandusky to exist - Broadcasting FACTS gave other victims Courage to come forward and the police to build a case CATHERINE - I know you are a good person, but I have to disagree with you on this one.
justwondering November 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Let's not forget that we are all traveling in a new tech society now......if this student had a video on her phone - she has a reasonable assurance of continued privacy. She did not post it - and frankly, I do not care what kind of photo or video she did have on her phone - it was HERS. If these boys took, that information and posted it - it is as if they broke into her home and stole it. The Main Line is not immune from scandal - we just deep pockets to continue to protect our children from any consequences from their actions - shame on them. Who care what she video or not? It is the action of the boys that troubles me.......
Only in America November 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
"Why did Radnor Police have to leak this to a Philadelphia TV news station?" Really? Have you not been paying attention since the almighty "Chief C" started? He does not leak information, he calls them directly. Blame your Comissioners, they hired him. He is intent on making Radnor a "little" Phila. He has never met a camera he didn't like. I agree, some police activity needs to put out to the media for public safety.
The Swell Guy November 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
ONLY IN AMERICA - Would you please enlighten me as to why you are reacting negatively to our Chief for doing his job by raising awareness as to criminal activity which impacts and threatens our community? The Chief and the Lieutenant perform a huge public service when they address the TV Media - as many people only watch the TV news - and have no other way to stay informed as to criminal activity in our community, which may effect them personally, their loved ones, and their children, So WHO is to decide what information is made public,.. and what is withheld? "Aye, there's the rub!" - Quoth the Bard. It is the same "Public officials exercising a policy of information control" which allowed the entire "Dave Bashore, Township Manager" financial scam to operate under. Broadcasting the Facts, brought and end to it, and made 'TRANSPARENCY' a reality. When Public Officials engage in "privately deciding" what information is kept from being "publicly disseminated",.. puts us on very thin ice,.. that is the exact "Information Control Policy" which existed in Communist Russia. So why is our Chief a bad guy?
Just me November 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I agree with what your saying, but how about putting a password on the phone ... just in case ... or if there was a password on the phone do not give it to anyone. These are teenagers and they are impulsive and reckless and they do stupid things without giving any thought to what the potential outcome might be ...
Catherine November 18, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Swell Guy, I think there's a huge difference between thugs with a gun assaulting and robbing an 83 year old at his own home ... or a deranged old man trying to kidnap someone with a taser after believing the guy was a multi-millionaire because he did some research on Zillow.com. THAT is criminal activity and we need to know it. Some 16 year old boy internet-posting and flashing cell phone images to friends of his classmate having sex with a 15 year old girl is no safety danger to you or me. Plus, they're underage. This had no business being released to the press and presented in a three ring circus format by the Radnor police. It shows zero sensitivity.
The Swell Guy November 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM
CATHERINE - No danger you say? I am glad you can offer such firm assurances of that,.. though I am not sure how. By properly bringing this criminal incident to light - even though all the facts are not in, as this case may get very interesting yet - as all the facts are still not in,.. you ASSUME that is all there is to the case - HOWEVER, Public Awareness has been raised as to the DANGER of this possibly happening to OTHER YOUNG GIRLS, who now, thanks to Public Dissemination of Criminal Activity in our Community, are AWARE and on the DEFENSIVE against also becoming a potential victims of the same type of crime. Does a gun have to be involved for other young girls to be offered their rights to be informed about potential dangers to them in the community in which they live and go to school? And I ask you,.. WHO is to decide WHAT information is controlled and repressed? "Zero Sensitivity" You say to me? It is a matter of PUBLIC RECORD,... and by illegally withholding this public (except for their identities) information,.. HOW ARE YOU SHOWING SENSITIVITY to potential future victims of the same type of technology-based crimes ?
justwondering November 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Swell Guy - you are so right on the money here..........We do not get to pick and choice about news is appropriate to share. The new Super? Maybe he is a camera hog, but I can tell you that he is not going to be fixing a ticket for a buddy from the Country Club and I like this, very much. Radnor has a long and rich history of "fixing things" and those parents with money have always managed to help their kids out of a mess.....while the Garret Hill and Highland kids have NEVER gotten a break.........Cheers to fairness and keep the news coming. I want all the details and I will discern what interests me.
The Swell Guy November 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
JUSTWONDERING - Glad you see the rational behind rational thinking, transparency, and not allowing a "avoid embarrassment with cover-up mentality" to attempt a double high-jacking of our LEGAL RIGHT TO KNOW, and the RTPD's LAWFUL DUTY TO INFORM. I did say in my first post that even though this is a "Black Eye" for the community-at-large,.. oh well, its ours, we own them all,.. from Parks Run Lane to Highland Ct, as you pointed out. Obviously, some people didn't like the idea of accepting reality, and chose to bash our Police Officers instead. wow. But to suggest "Hiding in our Mini-Vans" until the thing "Goes away quietly",.. that is puts 1000's of other girls at risk - and boys who do not understand how serious this Technology-Crime is - and to further endorse "keeping the pubilc ignorant", is the apogee of irresponsibility towards every township resident and child. Lt. Chris Flanagan did an AMAZING job handling that group of reporters - even though they were basically crow-barring him for "Dirty Details". Lt. Flanagen was totally PROFESSIONAL, and PROTECTIVE and SENSITIVE with regard to the young girls emotional position, by expertly fending off questions regarding the girl and the "act", as he also fulfilled his SWORN DUTY to us, the public-at-large, by raising awareness - tactfully and respectfully for the girls sake and ours.
justwondering November 18, 2012 at 01:10 PM
And now I KNOW you are old Wayne - only those of us here for a really long time remember to call it "Highland Court"......just like O'Dorisio is really Quarry to all of us. Keep speaking the truth - people are reading......
justwondering November 18, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Catherine - there is a HUGE danger here - HUGE. The three ring circus started within the walls of RHS and what these boys did is a crime - and it is a serious one. Zero sensitivity? They have literally destroyed this girl and that is a crime and I want all the details - all of them, so that these young men are held accountable for their actions. So please just do not read it should you not care for the details and let the rest of us to decide...........you are minimizing what happened here and that offends me...
The Swell Guy November 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Old Wayne, me?,.. well, sometimes I still call the area "Chew's Farm" or "The Scott's Place", but I try to keep up better since they built that new Roland Elementary school, and Norman Bell became the "mayor",.. if you know what I mean. Radnor,.. never heard of the place ;-)
Annie Webb November 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I'm glad this was publicized. It provides great teaching moments for parents of teenagers, and may stop other kids from videotaping inappropriate acts and posting things just to embarrass their peers. I feel for all involved. In this day and age, stupid teenage mistakes have dire consequences when they can all be displayed online with the click of a button. I hope all the kids involved can learn something from this and move past it.
The Swell Guy November 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
ANNIE WEBB - Great point. That's the other half of the key reason why 'Raising Awareness' - regardless of how ugly the facts may appear - is paramount to maintaining a healthy, safe, and free society; and NOT by endorsing a dangerous, dysfunctional, and corrupt "Information Controlled Delusion" for the sake of maintaining a phoney public image - as endorsed by others. "An Ostrich is only vulnerable when he hides his head in the sand" Wow, three rationally minded people on the same page,.. if this trend keeps up, there may be some small hope for the world-of-the-future these kids will have to live in.
Anastasia Beaverhausen December 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
This made the news, because most of the involved students are WHITE! The public & the news media absolutely LOVE white crime. Gives them a chance to PROVE once & for all that they're not racist! "See we equally report on white crime too..."


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