Arrest made in South Fort Myers sex incident

Posted at 3:42 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 19:03:06-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in relation to the South Fort Myers High School bathroom incident

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a report of a past occurred sex offense involving students at South Fort Myers High School. Detectives with the Special Victims Unit and Innocent Images Unit assumed the investigation. During the course of the investigation, Detectives learned the incident was videotaped.

Evidence gathered led to the arrest of a 16 year-old South Fort Myers football player, who was charged with Cruelty Toward Child; Allow Child to Engage in Sexual Act and Possession of Obscene Material.

In a brief statement, Sheriff Scott stated: "While it is regrettable that this incident occurred in the first place, we are always committed to holding everyone responsible for their actions."

The student's friend Jameirra said he's a typical teenage boy who had a bright future in football.

"He didn't play a part in it. I understand he recorded it, but he's a kid. That's what kids do," Jameirra said.

The student's parents weren't interested in answering questions.

Some parents and students said the boy's arrest sends a message to students.

"I'm glad that something was done to show everyone else in the peer group that this is a serious issue," Michael Lazar said.

"They can't get involved in stuff like that, and it's not OK to just take advantage of people," Caitlyn Pope said.

Jameirra said it's not fair because her friend didn't act alone.

"Everybody should've went to jail if that's the case. Everybody that was in that video should've been in jail. How can one go to jail and not the others?" she said.

The boy has been released from jail.