KENNER, LA (WVUE) - It was back in December of 2015, when Kenner police say a mother came to them with a shocking video she'd seen on Instagram.
"They observed a video of their 12-year-old daughter involved in sex acts with other juveniles," said Lt. Brian McGregor, Public Information Officer for the Kenner Police Department.
Police investigated, and what they found prompted multiple arrests.
"A 17-year-old was recording the sex acts," McGregor said.
Lt. Brian McGregor says Willie Ingram was behind the camera recording while 13- and 14-year-old boys had sex with a 12-year-old girl.
Police say Ingram also engaged in sex with the 12-year-old.
After the video was made, it somehow ended up in the hands of another girl, a 13-year-old, who police say then posted it on Instagram.
"If you have an individual that's distributing and sharing that image online, or via phone or Instagram, that's pornography," McGregor said.
The 13-year-old was arrested and booked with Distribution of Pornography.
McGregor says in this case, it didn't matter if everyone involved consented to having sex. Because of their ages, it was rape.
"The law is pretty specific here in Louisiana. If you engage in act with a child under the age of 13 it's rape," McGregor said.
Ingram, the 13-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy were all arrested and booked with First Degree Rape.
Lt. McGregor hopes what happened will serve as a reminder to all parents to talk to their children about underage sex and posting inappropriate and explicit material on the internet.
He says cases, like this one, are taken very seriously, but there's only so much the Kenner Police Department can do.
In most cases, he says, the damage is already done once it hits the internet.