Video Shows Underage Teens Having Sex

Published: Dec. 19, 2001 at 12:48 AM EST
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SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio – Authorities in the small Lorain County town of South Amherst are investigating the circumstances that led to the creation of a video showing underage teen-agers having sex while young classmates watched, 19/43 News' Bill Younkin reported.

The teens involved were all students at Firelands High School. Firelands students, including senior Jim Wilgor, said that they've heard about the videotape, which shows a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy having sex in front of other students.

"I don't think it's right, and I think they should be punished," Wilgor said.

Deputies said that the incident apparently took place on a late Friday night in the 16-year-old boy's home.

"There are quite a few people involved, as far as witnesses go -- witnesses who were there," Sheriff's investigator Det. Carl Yost said.

Yost said he believes that the girl was a voluntary participant. He said that the girl's mother found the tape, and called the sheriff's department.

The South Amherst community, including those people at Dewey's Barber Shop on Tuesday, is just starting to hear about the investigation, and they are in shock because their idea of children at play certainly doesn't include what is on the tape.

"It's ridiculous," Paul Shank said. "They have no morals whatsoever."

"It's unbelievable," barber Dewey Acord said. "It just doesn't make sense for young kids to get involved in stuff like that."

Now, the teens face a lot of questioning by not only detectives, but their parents as well.

Investigators said that they hope to wrap up the investigation and hand over the facts to the county prosecutor by the end of the week.