Charges dropped against high school student who allegedly exposed himself in yearbook photo

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No charges will be filed against a valley high school student who allegedly exposed himself in a yearbook photo.

In a statement, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office says the evidence does not warrant felony prosecution of 19-year-old Hunter Osborn, who was charged with 69 counts of indecent exposure and one felony count of furnishing harmful items to minors after he allegedly exposed himself in the Red Mountain High School's football yearbook photo.

"An assessment of the available evidence for the felony charge of Furnishing Harmful Items to Minors, ARS 13-3506.A., leads us to conclude that the evidence does not establish a violation of the statute,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.  “MCAO has furthered review of remaining misdemeanor charges submitted by the Mesa Police Department for possible submittal to the Mesa City Prosecutor's Office.”

Mesa police later announced that all 69 counts of indecent exposure have been dropped. 

Osborn says a fellow football player dared him to expose himself in the photo and he told Mesa police that he was "disgusted by what he had done."

After his arrest, Mesa Public Schools released the following statement regarding the incident:

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.