MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) - [WARNING: Graphic content]
Hunter Osborn says a fellow football player dared him to expose himself on photo day. That photo circulating for months in football game programs and the yearbook before the school realized what happened. Now police are involved, and Osborne is facing some very serious charges.
Nineteen-year-old Hunter Osborn sits at home wearing an electronic monitoring device. The Red Mountain High School Senior admits to exposing himself in this Varsity team football photo. He's been charged with 69 counts of indecent exposure and one count of furnishing harmful items to minors.
"When people told me about it I thought it was a big thing, but when I looked at it like you cant really tell, it's kinda hard to see," said Zach Anthony.
"At first, it was kind of like a joke, but then 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," said Brooke Bodrero.
Senior Zack Anthony and Sophomore Brooke Bodrero says students have been buzzing about the photo for months. The school had released the photo in the yearbook and football game programs before Osborn was charged. Osborne admitted to police he exposed himself on a dare.
"To me it's a prank that really just went wrong, and if they're going to persecute him, they need to pull in the administration of the school, they need to pull in maybe the kid that did the prank," said Jim Borsheim.
Osborn's neighbor Jim Borsheim says Hunter has always been upstanding and conscientious.
Osborn told Mesa police that he was "disgusted by what he had done." His preliminary hearing is set for May 20.
Statement from Mesa Public Schools:
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 policy 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.