High School Football Player Hit With 70 Charges After Allegedly Flashing in Yearbook Photo
An Arizona high school student is facing dozens of counts of indecent exposure after he flashed his genitals in a photo of the football team that made it into the yearbook, police said.
Red Mountain High School student Hunter Osborn, 19, allegedly exposed his penis through the top of his football uniform’s waistband after he was dared to by a teammate, KPHO/KTVK reported.
Osborn, who was 18 when the picture was taken, was hit with a staggering 69 counts of indecent exposure, which is a class 1 misdemeanor. He was also charged with one count of furnishing harmful items to minors, which is a class 4 felony.
Each count of the former charge accounts for the number of people at the photoshoot. There were 69 students, ranging in age from 15 to 19, and 10 faculty members present when the photo was taken.
If individuals in the photo are older than 18 and do not wish to press charges, the number of criminal counts could be reduced.
About 3,400 students received a yearbook with the image before school officials were notified. The photo of the varsity football team was also used in the sport’s program, which was sold at numerous games to students and families, court paperwork said.
Police were notified of the picture on Saturday, officials told the news station.
Obsorn allegedly admitted to police that he exposed himself and said that he was “disgusted” with himself for his actions, court paperwork said.
The teen was released on his recognizance after being fitted with an electronic monitor due to the nature of the charges against him, as required under Arizona law.
He is scheduled to next appear in court on May 16.
Classmates came out in defense of Osborn, saying the charges are severe given the nature of the crime.
"It's something that's going to be on his record for the rest of his life," sophomore Brooke Bodrero said, telling KPHO/KTVK that she would not have noticed that part of the photo if she had not been shown where to look. "The consequences are a little harsh."
Mesa Public Schools released a statement saying, “The district is dismayed by the actions of the students involved in the photograph.
“Their behavior does not reflect the values of Red Mountain High School or Mesa Public Schools. Upon learning of the photograph, school administration immediately contacted police and is cooperating fully with the investigation.”
The school and district are investigating to determine what could have prevented publishing the picture, the statement said.
“While the small size of the photograph as published makes the details difficult to discern, the yearbook has been recalled so the school can make a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content."
Disciplinary action will follow policy and may be based on the outcome of the police investigation.