The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a sexually explicit video made by a Windsor Knolls Middle School pupil and a county high school student, officials confirmed Friday.

At about noon Thursday, Windsor Knolls teachers and administration got wind that students were discussing an explicit video in which both students reportedly appear.

The Windsor Knolls student had recorded sex acts with a county high schooler on a personal device, said Frederick County Public Schools spokesman Michael Doerrer. Doerrer declined to identify either student’s grade or sex, or what school the high schooler attends.

The recording was not distributed, said Doerrer, but a group of six or seven students — friends with the Windsor Knolls student involved in the recording — had jokingly discussed paying that student for the content.

The device containing the video was confiscated by Windsor Knolls administrators, who confirmed that it contained explicit material.

The Windsor Knolls student was disciplined, and the actions of the high schooler are still being investigated. Doerrer declined to provide details or whether they had been removed from school.

Parents of both the student in the video and those friends the students told were brought to Windsor Knolls to discuss consequences, Doerrer said.

The sheriff’s office was notified Thursday and is investigating whether charges will be brought against anyone, Doerrer said.

Deputy 1st Class Amanda Hatcher, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, confirmed in an email that the case had been forwarded to a detective. No arrests have been made.

No communication on the incident was sent out by the school system Thursday or Friday morning, despite central office staff being informed Thursday. Doerrer said that the school system was attempting to protect the privacy of the students involved.

Windsor Knolls Middle School Principal T.C. Suter sent an email to parents Friday afternoon regarding the incident. Suter did not return a phone call seeking comment.

“While there was poor judgment used by our students on many levels in this situation, I want to take moment to highlight one issue in particular,” Suter wrote in the email. “Please use this opportunity to talk with your child about the dangers of recording, posting, or sharing inappropriate material of any sort. In the age of smart phones and social media, even material that we think is personal or private may not stay private for long. Unfortunately, many students (and adults for that matter) often don’t consider the full ramifications and consequences of their digital footprints.”

(An earlier version of this story contained a source’s error. It stated that the high school student had already been disciplined.)Follow Jeremy Bauer-Wolf on Twitter: @jbeowulf.

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Updated: 4:43 pm, Fri May 1, 2015 to sexually-explicit video.

So is it more sexually-explicit than a PG13 movie.

Did you see the picture of the student who was kicked out of her prom.

Bikini clad swimmers show more skin at the public pool.


When one of my students classmates stole their cell phone and was texting me, I called the school and they got the cell phone back but it never made the paper.

Most definitely a desperate attempt for attention by the FCSO.

Glen Shiel

How, exactly, is this a "desperate attempt for attention by the FCSO"?


Why doesn't the FCSO report everything they are "investigating".

This was the most sensational thing they could come up with when they needed to take attention away from their blue brothers being charged with crimes.

So when the investigation finds nothing will they oops sorry, false alarm.


Hum, I think not!!!!


A desperate attempt to take the spot light off if the six officers being charged in Baltimore for crimes while blue (CWB).

Glen Shiel

See today's headlines; "Prosecutor charges 6 Baltimore officers in Gray's death." No one is taking "the spot light off of the six officers being charged." And I'm sure you will see that story quite frequently in the weeks to come. Any particular reason why you have a chip on your shoulder about the FCSO?


Law enforcement's belief they can kill and maim in the line of duty without consequence is a chip on my shoulder.

Law enforcement's feeble excuse that they are driven to making split second decisions and can't be held responsible for the consequences is a chip on my shoulder.

Law enforcement's insistence that they have the right to teach respect for an idol is a chip on my shoulder.

Actually it's not a chip, it is a cord.

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