MACOMB COUNTY, MI – Deshawn M. Small, 17-years-old, was accused of creating an Instagram page in April and posting nude images of underage female students from high schools in Warren without their consent. He received his sentence Thursday from Judge Jennifer Faunce in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens.
Small was sentenced to 18 months probation and granted special youth status for his involvement in the posting of sexually provocative, partially clothed photos of five teenage girls. He also was sentenced to time-served, 15 days, in the county jail. Small was ordered to not have contact with the five girls. He also must complete a class on impulse control.
Deshawn Small along with 18-year-old Kheir D. Maxwell and 17-year-old Germaine T. Holt, Jr., are accused of obtaining nude or sexually explicit photographs of underage students without their consent and posting them to Instagram.
It is believed that the victims themselves took the photos and then sent them to their boyfriends and then they somehow ended up being posted to Instagram. The victims have been identified as ranging in age from 14 to 16 years old.
Small pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful posting of a message and one count of using a computer to unlawfully post a message in exchange for dismissal of three more counts of unlawful posting, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison. The computer crime is punishable by up to four years.
Small received probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act in which the charges will be erased from his record if he meets the conditions of his sentencing.