WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Two Westminster high school students face possible charges in connection with a sexually explicit cell phone video, and the investigation into the video has also cost a Westminster detective his job.
It's a story that shocks those who are only a couple of years out of high school.
"It's kind of sad,” said former Standley Lake student Chris Szafranski. “Technology today… People are taking it for granted or taking advantage of it or whatnot. Kids aren’t what they used to be."
Standley Lake alumnus Nicolas Vergara agrees.
“I don't think it’s right at all,” he said. “It’s pretty disturbing .”
The Jefferson Country district attorney is now looking into a recent incident in which three Standley Lake students allegedly recorded a sexually graphic cell phone video. One of the three is a female and considered a victim.
"All three are juveniles,” Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso told FOX31 Denver during a phone interview. “We presented a case that two juvenile males could potentially face charges."
Westminster police also believe that the video remains in circulation which means more students could potentially be charged.
"To view that video or a video similar to it is a potential felony,” Materasso said, adding that students need to understand that simply possessing, viewing or sharing the video could get them labeled as sex offenders—for life.
Police say one detective was fired this past Wednesday, apparently in conjunction with this case.
Vergara says he an idea why this video was shot.
"I think popularity has a big factor. They want to be looked at like they're cool."
Police are also concerned about the continued victimization of the girl and the humiliation that is associated with the incident.
“Our fear is teen suicide becomes very real … in situations like this,” Materasso said.