Two Circleville High School students face delinquency charges accusing them of videotaping themselves engaging in a sex act with a 14-year-old girl who didn't know it was being recorded.
Two Circleville High School students face delinquency charges accusing them of videotaping themselves engaging in a sex act with a 14-year-old girl who didn’t know it was being recorded.
Tyler Knul, 18, and Rusty Shull, 17, both seniors, are charged in Pickaway County Juvenile Court with delinquency counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Knul, Shull and the girl, now 15, said their sexual activity about a year ago at one of the boy’s homes was consensual, although the girl was unaware it was being recorded, authorities said.
Circleville school Superintendent Kirk McMahon said yesterday that Knul and Shull remain in classes and on the football team pending an investigation by school officials.
Circleville police asked school officials to delay their investigation until police had completed their review of the case, McMahon said. School officials were informed Monday that charges had been filed.
School officials called police on Sept. 13 after a football player told an assistant coach he had overheard talk about the video, McMahon said.
Heather Armstrong, an assistant county prosecutor, said a video camera containing the alleged sex video was seized from one of the boy’s homes with a search warrant.
The students, who were freed after charges were filed on Sept. 25, have denied the accusations in court filings, Armstrong said.
Knul was charged as a juvenile, rather than an adult, because he was 17 years old at the time the video was recorded.