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Sexually explicit photos of girls center of high school investigation

An intense investigation is underway in Burrillville, as police are searching for those involved in posting sexually explicit images of underage high school students online. (WJAR)

An intense investigation is underway in Burrillville, as police are searching for those involved in posting hundreds of sexually explicit images of underage high school students online.

A nine-page affidavit outlines a search warrant process during the investigation.

Police said at least 48 female students may be affected.

The content was allegedly uploaded to the online file-sharing site, Dropbox, and was first discovered by the vice principal of the high school in May, who then told the school resource officer.

According to court documents, 48 sub-folders were found within the main Dropbox location, all labeled with each girl's full name or nickname.

There were also folders requesting content to be uploaded, and a folder with explicit content asking for the subjects to identify themselves.

The investigation searched records dating back to Jan. 1, 2016, and court records indicate that one male high school student was questioned and provided authorities with the main Dropbox link.

It is not known how -- if at all -- the student may be involved in the investigation.

Investigators are looking into what court documents are calling, "a wide range of online criminal activity." This includes the, "online distribution of child pornography."

Some parents who spoke to NBC 10 said that they have not been notified of the investigation until they saw a report on NBC 10.

One family told NBC 10 that a picture their daughter texted to her boyfriend showed up on the site, among hundreds of others like it of other girls.

Community members were also shocked to learn of the situation.

“I feel bad for all these young girls,” Diane Grennell, a Burrillville resident, said. “I don’t think it’s right what these boys have done to them, and they’re all upset.”

But families around the town are relieved at least to know that it is now in the hands of police.

“I know that they’ll find who did it and they’ll take care of the situation,” Grennell said.

Several attempts by NBC 10 to contact school officials have been unsuccessful.

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