MESA, Ariz. - At first glance, it looks like a typical varsity football yearbook photo: Red Mountain High School players posing side-by-side with senior Hunter Osborn blending in with the crowd.
That is, until the school released the yearbooks to students, who noticed something school staff and yearbook editors had apparently hadn’t: Osborn was exposing himself.
Court documents obtained by 12 News state that Osborn “exposed his penis through the top of his waistband of his football uniform.”
Once school leaders found out, they notified Mesa Police, who suggested Osborn be charged with one count of furnishing harmful items to minors -- which is a felony -- and 69 counts of indecent exposure, one for every person who was there when the picture was taken, which are misdemeanors.
Mesa Public School leaders sent a statement to 12 News that stated in part, “While the small size of the photograph as published makes the details difficult to discern, the yearbook has been recalled so the school can make a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content.”
“It's kind of hard to see unless you know what's going on,” said student Zach Anthony.
According to Mesa police, Osborn -- who is 19 year old now, but was 18 at the time the picture was taken -- admitted to exposing himself on a dare from another player.
Documents show he told police he was, “disgusted by what he had done.”
A total of 250 pre-order yearbooks went out before anyone caught the photo.
The picture is also in a football program that was sold at games.
“I think they're a little harsh and unfair for probably something he regrets now,” said student Brooke Bodrero.
Osborn is also getting support online.
In a petition on the website change.org titled “Free Hunter Osborn,” people question the severity of the charges and also why the principal and yearbook staff aren’t being held accountable.
When asked about the concerns, Mesa Police spokesperson Steve Berry told 12 News, “the charges are in accordance with the laws Osborn violated and if a victim wants to move forward -- they can’t arbitrarily choose what someone is charged with.”
“Obviously he shouldn't have done it, but I don't think his life should be ruined because of it,” said Anthony.
Osborn has been released from jail but was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
Red Mountain will be revising the yearbooks that haven’t been released to students.
Parents of students who received the pre-order version told 12 News they were asked by the school to return them.
Here is the full statement from Mesa Public Schools:
"The district is dismayed by the actions of the students involved in the photograph. Their behavior does not reflect the values of Red Mountain High School or Mesa Public Schools.
"Upon learning of the photograph, school administration immediately contacted police and is cooperating fully with the investigation. Disciplinary action will follow policy and may be based on the outcome of the police investigation.
"The school and district are conducting an investigation to determine what actions might have prevented the publication of the photograph, so appropriate safeguards can be put in place going forward.
"While the small size of the photograph as published makes the details difficult to discern, the yearbook has been recalled so the school can make a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content."