Three students at Oak Park and River Forest High School were arrested there Nov. 16 after school officials learned one of them forwarded a nude photo of another one to a cell phone.
Police said a 16-year-old girl who was in the photo and two 17-year-old boys were charged with distributing harmful material. Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said it was not clear who forwarded the photo to whom, but all three had the photo on their phones.
The school was alerted about the incident through a parent of one of the involved students, said school spokeswoman Kay Foran. Reynolds said police believe the photo is two years old, which Foran said would predate the students attending OPRF. But the issue came to light because one of the arrested students recently forwarded the photo again.
Foran said the offense could be punished with a five to 10 day out of school suspension, according to the school code. Any school action would be separate from the criminal charges being pursued.