A Mesa, Arizona, Red Mountain High School senior will now think twice before accepting a dare by his buddies. Hunter Osborn, 19, was arrested after a photo of the varsity football team circulated in school programs. In the photo, Osborn can be seen indecently exposing himself.
Months after the photo was printed and distributed to parents, students, and members of the community as part of the varsity football program, several people noticed the photo and made the school aware of the mishap. Once school officials were made aware of the photo, they informed the police.
Osborn was then arrested and is now facing 69 counts of indecent exposure. No, that is not a sexual pun. It’s the truth. He faces one count for every person who he is pictured with. The number of charges he faces is subject to change depending on who decides to press charges or not.
After his arrest, Osborn admitted that he exposed himself because a friend dared him, and he is actually disgusted with himself. However, many students at the school believe this ordeal is being blown out of proportion.
Zach Anthony, a student at Red Mountain, said that after he looked at the photo, he realized it’s not a big deal, and the exposure was “kinda hard to see.” Brooke Bodrero, another student, explained, “Once we found out the consequences he has to face for this, we all feel really bad for him, and we don't think it's very fair.”
The school released an official statement that read:
“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. Disciplinary action will follow and may be based on the outcome of the police investigation.
"The school and district are conducting an investigation to determine what actions might have prevented the publication of the photograph, so appropriate safeguards can be put in place going forward."
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.
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(Photos from top to bottom: Sean Justice, Getty Images, KPHO/KTVK)