Teacher Sex Tape AirDropped to Hundreds of Students Prompts Investigation

Police are investigating after an Ohio teacher's sex tape was AirDropped to hundreds of students.

The investigation began earlier this month after a video of the high school teacher and her boyfriend was sent to more than 200 students at Ginn Academy, an all-boys high school in the Cleveland area, according to WKYC. The inappropriate video was shared using the Apple iPhone's AirDrop service on February 7. An investigation got underway on February 15 after the principal reported the incident to the police.

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A customer tries an iPhone X at the Apple Omotesando store on November 3, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan. An inappropriate video was AirDropped to more than 200 students at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

AirDrop can be used by iPhone users to "share and receive photos, documents, and more with other Apple devices that are nearby, according to Apple.

In addition to the video featuring the sexual activity, an additional four or five videos were also shared with students. But only one of them contained material of a sexually inappropriate nature, according to WKYC.

While the teacher has confirmed that the video was on her phone, it's unclear how it was shared. The teacher has told police she heard alleged rumors of the tape being sent to students but that she was not the person who sent the inappropriate video. At this time, the woman is not being looked at as a possible suspect in the case. However, sex crimes detectives are now looking into the situation, according to Cleveland.com.

While the investigation is underway, the school says the teacher has been removed from the classroom as of last week.

"We don't comment on personnel matter. We can, however, confirm that a teacher has been removed from Ginn Academy and is not working with students pending the outcome of an investigation," school officials said to WKYC.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has also confirmed that the teacher has been removed until the investigation is complete.

A security expert told WKYC that sending a video from a phone that is left unattended is rather easy, especially if an individual's passcode has been obtained.

"If somebody were to have access to an unattended phone, it's fairly easy to capture someone's passcode," Alex Hamerstone of TrustedSec Cyber Security said to WKYC. "If someone has bad intentions, the first thing they'll do when they get access to your phone is look through your pictures, look to see if you have a private folder and see what's in there, or look at text messages and try to find something inappropriate."

It's unclear at this time what, if any, charges could be brought against the teacher, the school or the school district.

This investigation comes after a gym teacher in New York was captured on video allegedly slamming a teenage student up against a wall and then throwing him on the ground. The incident involving a 58-year-old teacher and 14-year-old student took place on February 16 at Cardozo High School in Queens.

The student had reportedly just finished playing basketball and was walking out of the gym when the teacher grabbed his ball. The teen reportedly asked for the ball back repeatedly as he walked toward the dean's office. It was then that the assault took place.

The teacher was arrested and has been charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He has since been released but it's unclear if the teacher is still employed by the school.

Newsweek reached out to Ginn Academy and the Cleveland Police Department but did not hear back before publication.