Tulsa teen arrested after photo posted of underage student using restroom
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Thursday, August 30, 2012
8/30/12 at 11:48 AM
A Union High School student accused of tweeting photos of a mentally disabled student using the restroom was arrested Wednesday.
Jonathan David Devito, 18, was arrested at the school by Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies at 2:45 p.m., according to his arrest report.
A teacher alerted school officials that “several students were upset over a picture that was posted on Twitter,” according to Devito’s arrest report.
The photo showed a 16-year-old with his pants and underwear pulled down using the urinal, the report says.
The concerned students named Devito as the person responsible for sending the picture, and Devito allegedly admitted to an assistant principal that he took a picture of the student and sent it to friends via Twitter, deputies wrote.
Devito is being held at the Tulsa Jail on complaints of peeping tom with electronic equipment, manufacturing child pornography, distribution of child pornography and violations of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. He is being held without bond.
The state of Oklahoma classifies the publication, distribution or participation in the preparation of child pornography as a felony offense. If convicted, each count could amount to a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both, and Devito would be required to register as a sex offender.
Gretchen Haas-Bethell, communications director for Union Public Schools, issued the following statement Thursday:
“At Union we take the safety and dignity of our students very seriously. When we were made aware of an incident at the high school, we immediately took steps to protect the well-being of our students. We notified the appropriate parties and law enforcement officials.”
Jonathan David Devito