Police: At least 11 cellphones confiscated in sexting scandal in Bothell schools

BOTHELL -- A group of middle school boys is under investigation for allegedly encouraging a number of girls to send them nude photographs throughout the school year, police said.

On Friday, Bothell police received a call from the Northshore School District, alerting officers to a "sexting situation" involving a number of middle school students.

Police began their investigation at Canyon Park Junior High and Skyview Junior High in the district, and discovered several boys encouraged girls to sext photographs to their cellphones.

Detectives confiscated at least 11 cellphones and are conducting interviews, identifying suspects and victims and notifying parents. The case could ultimately be reviewed by the prosecutor's office, Bothell police said.

In Washington state, it is it illegal to, among other things, disseminate, possess, and view pictures of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.