More charges and arrests have arisen in the Spring Hill sexting case that caused shock waves in Williamson County last month.
The case involves three, now four, high school boys that were accused of distributing racy pictures of teenage girls that went to the same school, Summit High School.
The charges brought upon them were for multiple counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.
The investigation has now lead to another student being charged.
Authorities said so far five girls have been identified at the high school, but many more victims are still unidentified.
Police said the boys are accused of possessing naked pictures of the girls, all of whom are under the age of 18.
They also reported that the boys shared the pornographic photos with other students and extorted the girls for more illicit pictures while doing so.
Authorities said the case has now grown, adding one more boy to the arrest list along with eight more charges on top of the original 24, bringing the total count to 32.
A mother of a Summit High School student agreed to talk to Nashville's News 2 Investigates on the condition of anonymity.
“That's horrible,” she said. “Stop taking pictures of yourself. You need to understand it is a computer and nothing goes away. You can't destroy it or erase it and once you give it to one person, it goes viral.
The mother has a boy in the junior class at Summit.
She said she believes kids these days are exposed to so much more and don't know that dealing with a phone is a felony.
“We are upset the girls are not involved. I know they aren't charged with felonies. If they didn't put info out there, our boys would not be in trouble. That is the outrage; get both sides. We love those boys and support them. We hope they didn't understand what they did was a crime,” she added.
Investigators said there is a good chance this case will grow even more, with more counts and more arrests.
At the time the story broke, the Williamson County school system issued this statement: “At this time, this is a police matter. According to law enforcement, none of the alleged incidents took place on school grounds or involved school property.”
When asked for a comment on the latest developments, the school system declined.
The Williamson County D.A. said the boys could spend some time in juvenile detention if found guilty, and they will not be required to register as sex offenders.
- April 5, 2013: Spring Hill police arrest 3 juveniles for 'sexting' ring