In Mesa, Arizona, a high school varsity football team posed for a photo, which was added to the school yearbook. After 3,400 books went out to all the students, people started to notice what was hidden in plain sight in the photo, and they were absolutely sick about it.
One Red Mountain High School football player’s life could be over before he even sees his graduation day in a couple of weeks, after what was documented in print. It’s too late to change it now, after students, faculty, and parents saw one glaring issue that was apparently missed in the editing process, unless the oversight was intentional.
Hunter Osborn is about to graduate, but instead of wearing a cap and gown in his school colors, the 19-year-old senior might be donning prison orange. The teen, who is legally an adult, took a dare by a couple of his teammates to expose himself in the official photo. He has since been charged with 69 counts of indecent exposure, a class 1 misdemeanor, and one count of furnishing harmful items to minors, a class 4 felony, CBS News reported.
Seen in the second row up, Osborn is standing with his “manhood” out in full view, thanks to a little help from the two teammates in the row in front of him, who are parted just enough to give him a window. Since there were 69 other people present at the photoshoot, he was charged with exposure of each person, which could be reduced should anyone choose to not press charges against the teen.
Osborn, who was 18 at the time the picture was taken and distributed, was arrested on April 30, after school officials saw the photo in the yearbook and immediately called police. He was released the same day on his own recognizance, but now he has to wear an electronic monitor until his court date. He’ll soon learn if he’ll get jail time and be forced to register as a sex offender for life, both of which are possibilities given his charges.
Not realizing the ramifications of his ridiculous stunt, Osborn said he feels “disgusted” with himself, a sentiment shared by many of the parents who pointed the nudity out, before even some students saw it. While what he did was certainly disgusting and should require some sort of punishment, extensive jail time and being labeled as a sex offender for the rest of his life, is too extreme.
This kid could essentially be regarded as the same type of person as a pervert who raped children, all for something really stupid he did that didn’t actually harm or victimize anyone. While not condoning this bad decision, a lifelong punishment of never being able to get a good job and being heavily monitored as a sex offender, does not exactly fit the crime.