Authorities in Arizona have dropped 70 charges against a high school student who exposed himself in a football team photo published in the school’s yearbook, police said Thursday.
“At this time all parties involved no longer desire prosecution and the case will be closed,” said detective Steve Berry, a spokesman for the Mesa police department.
Hunter Osborn, 19, a student at Red Mountain High School, located in the Phoenix-area town of Mesa, was arrested at the weekend and charged with 69 counts of indecent exposure and one felony charge of furnishing harmful items to minors.
The number of counts corresponded to the number of people present when the picture was taken.
Osborn, who was 18 at the time, told police that he exposed his penis as a prank after being dared by a fellow football player on the team.
School officials alerted police last week after discovering the offending picture, which made it into 3,400 copies of the yearbook as well as the football program.
Mesa Public Schools spokeswoman Helen Hollands told AFP that the yearbook — 250 copies of which were distributed to students — was being recalled so that the picture could be edited.
The number of charges leveled against Osborn were met with a flood of criticism in the local community and on social media.
The teen’s supporters launched a “Free Hunter Osborn” online petition that had gathered more than 6,000 signatures by Thursday.