Hunter Osborn, a senior at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ, is likely breathing a heavy sigh of relief.
The 19-year-old varsity football player was facing 69 counts of indecent exposure plus one count of furnishing harmful items to minors after flashing his ding dong to the camera during the teams yearbook photo. Now, the county attorney’s office has announced that it is dropping the charges. All 69 + 1 of them.
According to Osborn, a teammate dared him to flash the camera on picture day. His goal post was circulated for months in football game programs and the yearbook before anyone at the school realized what happened. Upset that they had been duped, school officials reported Osborn to the police.
After giving it some thought, county attorney Bill Montgomery decided not to ruin Osborn’s life over a stupid high school prank, distasteful as it was. In a statement, his office explains:
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has completed a review of a case submitted by the Mesa Police Department involving a Red Mountain High School student arrested Saturday for allegedly exposing himself in a team photo that appeared in the school’s yearbook and in programs sold at football games.
“An assessment of the available evidence for the felony charge of Furnishing Harmful Items to Minors, ARS 13-3506.A., leads us to conclude that the evidence does not establish a violation of the statute,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “MCAO has furthered review of remaining misdemeanor charges submitted by the Mesa Police Department for possible submittal to the Mesa City Prosecutor’s Office.”
With the matter pending further review, the County Attorney’s Office will have no additional comment at this time.
Earlier this week, Playgirl purportedly had offered Osborn an opportunity to do a nude spread in the magazine to help cover the cost of his legal bills. It is unclear whether that offer still stands now that the charges have been dropped.
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