South Florida juveniles charged with soliciting, posting photos of other minors on Instagram

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PEMBROKE PINES, Florida — Three South Florida juveniles face charges after authorities say they created a social media account to solicit and post explicit photos of other minors.

Pembroke Pines police reported Thursday that the Instagram account — with more than 500 followers — led detectives to file charges against a 12-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl. They've each been charged with electronic transmission of child pornography. They weren't immediately placed under arrest.

Police say the trio was posting naked photos of Broward County juveniles to the account and then encouraging their followers to do the same. The postings included names and personal information of the victims. Followers harassed victims by posting insulting comments. It wasn't immediately clear if the suspects took any of the photos.

Police began investigating the Instagram account in December.

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