“It’s disturbing people are using these popular apps that we use everyday for these purposes,” internet attorney Andrew Rossow said.
It’s not always a given that police are able to recover photos as evidence when they are sent through an app like Snapchat, which is designed to be available only for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients.
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“It’s rare that that actually happens because the idea behind Snapchat, is applications that have the self-destructing component to it, is they disappear,” Rossow said. “In this case, their servers were able to, to a certain extent, provide documentation of it, and I think it’s just the right time, right moment kind of thing.”
That helped Centerville police identify Reed as a suspect,along with other computer records, documents show.
Parent Kaitlyn West said with all the technology available to teens, it is more difficult to protect them.
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“There’s not very many ways to keep track of what they’re doing,” she said. “You don’t know who’s behind that screen, you know. It’s terrifying.”
According to the indictment, the offenses in the case are said to have happened from July through November in 2018.
Reed is not in custody.
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