JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school student accused of “catfishing” a teacher and circulating his nude photo has been found not guilty.
News outlets report the 16-year-old girl was acquitted Thursday on the charge of misdemeanor disclosure of private images. The case of a 16-year-old boy charged with the same offense is pending.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said the Swansboro High School students obtained the teacher’s picture after misrepresenting themselves on Grindr, a gay dating app. According to testimony, the girl forwarded the picture to the boy, who shared it with five friends.
The girl’s attorney, Matt Silva, said the state didn’t prove she intended to humiliate the man, who he says didn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy after sending images to a stranger. The judge based his ruling on similar points.