Cops Arrest High Schooler on 69 Counts of Indecent Exposure for Dumb Prank

Teen should be scrubbing floors and clapping erasers, not sitting in jail.

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Nineteen-year-old Red Mountain High School student Hunter Osborn was arrested and taken to jail in Mesa, Arizona. He is charged with 69 counts of indecent exposure, as well as one charge of furnishing harmful materials to minors, which is a felony. 

Is Osborn a serial sexual predator, or deviant? Not exactly. The sum total of his criminal activities is this: he exposed himself, very briefly—and almost imperceptibly—in a football team photo for the high school yearbook. 

He did so on a dare, according to ABC15. Just before the photo was taken, Osborn pulled his pants down, ever-so-slightly exposing his privates. Photos of the photo are now blurring at Osborn's midsection, but people who saw it claimed the crime was barely noticeable. School staff didn't even notice until after the yearbook had been distributed to 250 people. But a parent took notice, informed the school, and then the police were called.  

The high number of charges stems from the high number of inadvertent witnesses—there were 70 people involved in the photo. 

I can understand the school taking strong disciplinary measures against Osborn: he was 18 at the time the photo was taken, which is old enough to know that such a prank was a really dumb idea. And the school has to recall and reissue the yearbook, which is not an insignificant inconvenience. If Red Mountain High wants to make an example of him, so be it. He should be in detention—scrubbing floors and clapping erasers—for a few weeks. 

Where Osborn doesn't belong is jail. He behaved inappropriately, broke district policy, and inconvenienced the school. He didn't commit a sex crime. He didn't expose himself to each of his 70 teammates. He didn't compromise the innocence of any minors. 

Here's the thing with teenagers: they sometimes make mistakes. They should be held accountable for those mistakes in a manner befitting their gravity, so that they can learn from them and become well-adjusted adults. Sending teens to jail for non-violent infractions of school rules is inhumane. It's bad for the kids, and it doesn't make the school any safer or better off. 

This mistake should haunt Osborn for the rest of the school year. The fact that it might very well haunt him the rest of his life is an indictment, not of his actions, but of the cruelty of teen sex laws. 

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  1. furnishing harmful materials to minors, which is a felony

    Harmful materials? WTF?

    1. Seeing his penis in the yearbook made all the boys in class supergay.

      1. He should have kept it to the girl’s locker room, where it belongs.

        1. “Take that junk to Target, faggot.”

          1. Takin’ your junk to the target – another great euphemism.

    2. A tiny, blurry picture of a penis is basically the same thing as an assault weapon.

      1. He’s pretty much another Adam Lanza.

        1. Sonovabitch!

          1. You need a quicker trigger finger!

            1. Like Adam Lanza.

              1. And the Circle is complete.

      2. There is no difference between Hunter Osborn and Adam Lanza.

      3. Well, it was black and scary, right?

        1. With a shoulder thing that goes up.

          1. I wonder how many people realize you’re talking about Carolyn McCarthy?

      4. Well, it does have that thing that goes up . . .

        1. AAAH. Dammit.

          *scroll before posting*

  2. But a parent took notice, informed the school, and then the police were called

    Soccer mom alert.

    1. The sad thing is the parent probably is patting themselves on the back over what a great cunt they are

    2. There’s a Mormon ward across the street from Red Mountain High (as there is across from all schools in Mesa). So it could be a soccer mom or it could be the dreaded Mormon Bishop.

  3. Like my friend’s friend who is on the sex offender list for peeing in a public park at 2am while he was walking home drunk. We better ruins these people’s lives over non-issues. This way they can go in the system, not be able to get a job, and end up with a life of crime that the welfare system can support.

    1. It’s like putting someone in prison over possession of a plant. You know, because cannabis is way more dangerous to your well being than being thrown in a cage with murderers, rapists, and other assorted violent psychopaths.

  4. I think once he gets his teeth knocked out and skull fucked in prison, he’ll learn his little prank is not so funny. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    1. The planet’s ok. It’s your country that’s fucked.

  5. “Nineteen-year-old Red Mountain High School student…”

    I’m out.

    1. I turned 18 two months after graduation…and I was in the middle of my class age wise.

  6. he exposed himself, very briefly?and almost imperceptibly

    Damn, Robby, kick a guy while he’s down, why don’t cha.

    1. It was probably Robby’s Hair that was responsible for the tiny-dick joke.

    2. Damn, beat me to it. In any case, BURNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    3. They blurred out his entire midsection though, must be some penis.

      1. +1 the unexpurgated Charlotte’s Web

        1. Bravo on that one, Eddie/Ed/Whatever works.

  7. Here’s the thing with teenagers: they sometimes make mistakes.

    Actually, they tend to act like fucking idiots. But it never used to be a crime, it was just a part of growing up. My High School friends and I would likely still be in jail if everything that’s a crime now was a crime back then.

    1. 90% of my male high school classmates would have been in prison, seriously, myself included.

      1. So, Hyperion did 9/11?

        1. I did the 7/11 several times a week.

    2. I think it’s less that more things are crimes (though that is also true) than that things that are and were crimes tend to be more vigorously enforced on teenage hijinks. I don’t know how old you are, but I imagine that things like indecent exposure, smoking weed, underage drinking and petty vandalism were illegal then too.

      1. You are correct, but in the 70s no one took it very seriously. It was just teenagers acting like teenagers.

        1. Correct, my wife and I would both be sex offenders, today – her for mooning, and me for streaking.

        2. Can confirm that. Among other things, we would come back from lunch totally baked everyday. I mean, we had to reek, and it was perfectly obvious, yet no one ever said a word. Really, I think they appreciated my enthusiasm for class participation. If you somehow got caught with dope, they called your parents, not the cops. Had someone pulled a jock prank, like the one in the article, back in my day, no one would’ve dreamed of involving the police. Eye-rolling would’ve been the general response.

    3. Hell, I’d still be in jail if I got caught for everything that actually was a crime back then.

  8. He didn’t compromise the innocence of any minors

    Little Tammy saw some wee wee, she’s damaged for life.

    Really, I’m not sure who’s dumber here, the parent who called the school or the cops.

    1. The answer is: the prosecutor.

    2. The cops are just acting on a lust for power. The parents are the ones who apparently believe that their special little princess has never seen a dick before.

  9. Exposed himself to his teammates? Do they not share a locker room?

    1. Not to mention that most of his teammates in the photo are in front of him and facing away. So it’s really rather like he’s guilty of photogenically molesting their souls rather than actually exposing them to anything.

    2. Good point.

      “Your honor, nobody who was there for the picture saw anything they hadn’t already seen in the locker room. If a football player exposing himself to his teammates is criminal, I expect the DA will be bringing charges against the entire team.”

  10. It’s worth noting that Mesa is in Maricopa County. So if convicted, this young man might find himself left to Sheriff Joe’s tender mercies.

    1. If by some fluke he does end up in prison, Arpaio’s men will almost certainly be tender and merciful. He is a white football player who pulled a prank; i.e. one of their own. If there’s one thing that can’t be said of Sheriff Joe, it’s that he’s a consistent and unbiased enforcer of the law.

      1. Can’t argue with that. You know going in exactly what you’re going to get from Sheriff Joe.

        1. I offered that cunt a nazi salute when his car drove by me at the Fiest Bowl Parade a few years ago. I’m glad to report the mother of two sitting next to me – without our plotting it together, I should point out – also did so.
          Neither of us acknowledged what the other had just done.
          It was a beautiful moment.

  11. …he exposed himself, very briefly?and almost imperceptibly…

    Ouch for- oh, wait, someone already covered this?

  12. Who even notices these things? I can’t believe people pay that close attention to year books. My freshman year of high school there was a year book picture where you could see a chick’s nipple. The year book staff/faculty just denied that is what it was and nothing more happened.

    1. But now she’s known as ‘nip’ to all her closest friends.

      1. You want a Christmas card? HERE’S your Christmas card!

      1. Are you a fed? You have to tell me or it is entrapment.

    2. There was an issue of National Geographic, once famous for its pictorials of nude tribal women, several years back; in the comments section of the succeeding issue a writer complained about seeing a woman’s nipple [this of course the morally sensitive issues of the 90’s] and I thought “what did I miss?” So went through that issue several times until I finally saw a “slight, almost imperceptible” image of a woman’s breast on some beach in France. The complainer went to great lengths to explain that such images, at least in “Western Society,” were sexually provocative and should not be in their publication.

      That is the very image of an alert and conscientious citizen who just can’t wait to call it in and gloat over the consequences, to someone else. Fuckers to the core.

  13. He behaved inappropriately, broke district policy, and inconvenienced the school.

    Meh, they inconvenienced themselves. Parents are free to toss or redact their own fucking yearbook. And who are you, Roberto Soave, to judge what is appropriate? In my day we exposed our dicks at the drop of a hat. Why we were using hats to cover up our cocks in the first place I can’t remember. And it was always cold out so don’t judge. Where was I? Oh yeah, stay out of my booze!

    1. When I was in school, we exposed our dicks while walking 10 miles to school, in the snow, uphill both ways. And we couldn’t afford hats. We couldn’t even afford pants!

      1. In fairness there was so much shrinkage due to the cold that nobody noticed.

        1. “barely perceptible”

    2. “…we tied an onion on our dick, as was the style at the time…”

      1. Had you tied a potato on it you could have been a dictator.

    1. Outa the bunk, Nancy.

  14. “In this case, small! WOOOOOOO!”

  15. Sounds like someone needs to arrest his equipment manager.

    1. School staff didn’t even notice until after the yearbook had been distributed to 250 people.

      If anyone is guilty of distribution…

      1. The first rule of publication is always check for penises. That’s Yearbook 101.

        1. I knew that you were one of those yearbook editor dorks.

          1. Far from it. I even had my secretary fill out my yearbook information, so beneath me it was. Other duties for the secretary included auditing the yearbook staff’s work to make sure I hadn’t accidentally exposed myself in any of the shots taken of me around the school, as I was wont to do when I was a senior.

      2. Hmm. If he was under 18 at the time, the photo would be “kiddie porn”. The photographer would be guilty of “manufacturing” child porn. The yearbook staff would be guilty of “trafficking” and everyone with a year book would be guilty of “possession” As the law is constructed, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t know it was there.

      3. Ha! OMG, you’re right. Have those pornographers arrested!

    1. McQueen was super cool. He was taking selfie’s before they were even invented.

  16. So, will this story be updated when he gets an offer from a porn producer to do a bit part because he’s nominally famous for his wang…and named Hunter?

  17. This kid deserves a medal, not punishment.

    I wonder if they have tried recalling all of the yearbooks.

  18. Make the kid pay for the reissued yearbooks and be done with it FFS. Whatever happened to simply making people whole?

  19. Hmm…there’s a Tier II research university Robby should have his eye on.

  20. I’m tired of having to hide my penis as if it’s something I should be ashamed of.

  21. The school is in CYA mode, because they’re the ones that distributed it and don’t want to seem complicit.

    The smart thing would be to make the kid pay whatever it costs for the reprinting (for those that want an “unsullied” yearbook), and let it go at that. A good lawyer should rip up the indecent exposure argument, unless there are teammates who are looking to press the issue.

  22. Wasn’t this an episode of That 70’s Show? The difference is that none of the adults noticed and the kids all thought it funny (except Eric who was sad everyone got to see his girlfriend’s butt).

  23. So Robby, the real question is, is he only being punished so severely because of race?

    1. The exposed dick was white, so probably not.

  24. RE: ? Cops Arrest High Schooler on 69 Counts of Indecent Exposure for Dumb Prank
    Teen should be scrubbing floors and clapping erasers, not sitting in jail.

    Teens should be wiling to sacrifice, work hard for the State, learning how to use a rifle properly and other military skills.
    Saint Che said this when he was in Cuba overlooking the firing squads.
    If it’s good enough for Saint Che, it’s good for fascists and socialist slavers like Heil Hitlery, Comrade Sanders and Trump the Grump.
    History has shown this kind of mentality has made Cuba the country it is today.

  25. And the school has to recall and reissue the yearbook, which is not an insignificant inconvenience.

    Complete fucking nonsense. The school (parents) could have sent out 250 round stickers available at Staples for about $4.99 to all the offended.

    1. 250 round stickers

      Scratch-n-sniff of the “Sweaty jockstrap” variety, right?

  26. Reminds me of my senior year yearbook. The “cool guy” sporto’s (of which I was not one) agreed that all the pic’s they’d be in they’d put their hands in their pockets – leaving the middle finger out. Throughout the entire YEAR, the pictures of the football team – middle finger out, baseball – middle finger out, prom pictures – middle finger out. It is hilarious that they were able to get it accomplished throughout the entire year. Millennials certainly don’t have the commitment the Gen-xers had.

    And, I can just picture the two “biddies to be” who were in charge of the year book, finally discovered the prank. They were a couple of “we’re too good for the world” type chicks who were just nerds. One of them, not “terrible” looking, but certainly nothing to crust a sock over, was actually “voted” most dreamed about. I THINK there was some ballot box shenanigans on that one. But, anyway, I’m sure they were mortified and exceedingly put out by it all. I can just imagine what a couple of pearl clutchers they turned out to be.

    Also, in honor of our recent presidential nomination issues we’ve had, this was the same senior class that elected a 22 year old druggy “drop in” Prom King (he DIDN’T have his middle finger out). Sort of like Trump, the joke caught fire and turned into reality.

    Oh how one could appreciate the absurdism involved, and how it simply was allowed to pass by. Today, everyone would be in handcuffs and scheduled for re-education.

    1. nothing to crust a sock over

      Bravo.

  27. And we thought North Korea was crazy.

  28. Strikes me as an overly large tempest in a very small teapot. Seems like 10mlashes with a wet noodle would have sufficed.

    1. should read 10 lashes with a wet noodle

  29. Near the end of my senior year of high school (1974) four of the football players streaked across the stage during a play. They were buck naked except for bags over their heads. Around 200 people got very good views. They were caught, and the sum total of the punishment was that they couldn’t attend graduation ceremonies. And the police were never notified. If they had been, I suspect they would have given stern warnings and left the punishment to the school. To everyone, except staff, it was considered funny, and dumb. I never heard anyone discuss it as any kind of potential trauma to witnesses. Oh for the good ‘old days.

  30. Yet when girls flash their vagina in yearbooks (and it has happened on more than one occasion in recent years), the media largely ignores it and it becomes a non-issue.

  31. I thought everyone should be free to let their junk hang out wherever in front of whomever in order to be more tolerant of the LGBTQ community?

    1. This is a truly ignorant statement.

      1. Tell it to your Title IX lawyer. Then go shave your armpits.

  32. Well said. If he did it “ever so briefly,” there is no way every one of the 69 others in the photo saw what made such a brief appearance. I question if anyone did. Those behind him couldn’t have seen. Those in front could not have either — they were looking forward at the camera. Ditto for those on the same row as he was. The only ones who could have seen are those next to him on either side, and they would had to have known in advance and looked down at him at the moment of the flash going off.

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  38. 69 counts, eh? That number is suggestive (but there is not the slightest reason to think that what it suggests occurred). It is absurd to say that seeing this tiny image of his penis was “harmful” to any of his teammates, since they have presumably seen the real thing in the locker room. If anyone was “harmed”, it would be some of the non-players who saw the picture. Mainly, he should have to pay the cost to the school reprinting the yearbook (which could get pricey), or (more reasonably in terms of cost) of censoring that tiny bit of the picture in the remaining copies.

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  44. theprosecutors are nuts….. he only exposed himself ONE TIME, not some crazy high number of times. HOW can he be sixty nine times held in jeopardy for the same offense? The clowns charging him are at least as perverted as he is.

    as to the “felony”? Come on, get a life.

    For an institution (the government school system) to force into the minds of their students for years that sexual impulses are normal and should be “explored”, to take a stupid kid like this and destroy him for life is beyond insane.

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