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App Alert: Deputies offer safety tips after Vale girls get nude photo query

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe talks with a parent at a school gathering about social media held on Thursday, Jan. 30, in Vale. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – The potential dangers of social media to youth came into sharp focus last week at a parent meeting at the Vale Elementary School sponsored by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office.

The Thursday night meeting was triggered by an incident earlier in the week when a local youth used Snapchat to solicit nude photos of middle school-aged girls. An investigation by the sheriff’s office promptly led detectives to the youth.

The boy used a fake profile picture, said Undersheriff Travis Johnson. He said the incident had been “taken care of.”

The youth was not cited because he did not break the law, said Brian Wolfe . . .