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Police investigating after video alleged to show serious sexual assault of teenager 'shared around NI schools'

Police have warned parents and children to ensure they do not view or share the video.
Police have warned parents and children to ensure they do not view or share the video.

Police are investigating after a video which is alleged to show a serious sexual assault on a teenager circulated around a number of schools in Mid Ulster.

An officer, posting on the PSNI's Magherfelt Facebook page, said: "So, this is a difficult and extremely sensitive subject but it’s one we felt we really had to address with local young people and their parents.

"We are aware that there’s a video circulating in a number of Mid Ulster schools which appears to show a serious sexual assault on a teenager last weekend.

"As I’ve said, there is a police investigation into what’s shown on the video. However, what we need our community, and especially our young people and parents, to understand is that there is also a serious issue in people having and sharing the video itself."

The officer warned that possessing or sharing the video is itself a criminal offence.

The officer added: "Possession of an indecent image or video of a person who is under the age of 18 is a serious criminal offence.

"If you send/forward an indecent image of a child to anyone else you can be prosecuted distributing an indecent image of a child.

"Parents – please talk to your teenagers and explain the potential consequences of sharing indecent images such as this.

"Please be aware of this and think before you open, keep or share this video or anything like it."

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