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Fall River teen arrested for alleged obscene Facebook posts

A Fall River teenager has been arrested after allegedly posting obscene photos of high school students on a Facebook page, police said.

Police received numerous walk-in complaints Wednesday evening, reporting the postings. Officers were able to find the page and trace it back to its origin, police said.

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Several people identified the 17-year-old as the creator of the page, police said.

With that information, officers were able to obtain a warrant for the teen’s arrest, as well as a search warrant for his residence, police said.

Officers arrested the teen and charged him with dissemination of obscene material harmful to minors, and possessing child pornography. His name is not being released because he is a minor, police said

Police said they also collected several electronic devices from his home, which will also be searched.

“There is no doubt his actions are reprehensible, deliberate, and criminal,” Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine said Thursday night in a statement.

In the same statement, Mayor William Flanagan urged local parents to monitor their children’s social media use to protect them from these “terrible crimes.”

The images were taken down and the Facebook account was deactivated, police said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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