Police: Student used school laptop to chat with sex offender

Police: Student used school laptop to chat with sex offender

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 4:28 AM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The day before President Obama is scheduled to speak in Mooresville about technology and education, a case came to light regarding an incident at Mooresville Middle School.

Each of the students at Mooresville Middle School is given a laptop computer.  Back in February, the mother of a 12-year-old female student alerted school officials to what she had found on her daughter's school laptop.

It showed the young girl had been conversing and trading explicit pictures with at least two men on the internet.

"It's all sexual in nature.  There are images being sent back and forth, hence the charge of disseminating obscene material to a minor," said Mooresville Police Captain Joseph Cooke.

That is the charge that has been filed against an East Rutherford High School student who police said is linked to the case, and against a New York man who is a registered sex offender.

"He is known and is also under investigation for similar crimes in New York," said Cooke.

Principal Carrie Tulbert said of the school students, "We can't protect them from everything, just like parents can't protect their children from everything and we don't see our laptops as being different from any other issue in the school."

Tulbert said the young girl has been disciplined and said that while the incident is serious, it will not cast a pall over the visit of the President.

"I don't think this incident does anything to diminish what our students are feeling, the excitement," she said.

All student computers will be checked over the summer to make sure this was an isolated incident.

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