BOSTON (CBS) – Officials are warning local teenagers that someone is stealing innocent Facebook profile pictures of fully-clothed girls, and posting them on a pornographic website. It happened to 17 girls at the Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School.

“The fact that someone could do that, I don’t understand why someone would do that to me,” says McKenna Daniels, who found out through a friend that her picture had been posted without her knowledge.

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WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

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“To have someone go in and grab their picture and put it on the site like this is not proper. I think it’s illegal,” says Principal Clifford Cloutier.  Investigators say it’s unclear whether or not there’s any criminal activity involved. They think it’s based in another country, and that it’s the same website they already shut down once.  Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early says state and federal investigators would like to shut it down again.

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Early says the best protection is awareness. He recommends teenagers use the highest privacy settings possible. “Three things in life used to be permanent: life, death, and taxes. Now it’s life, death, taxes, and any image that you put on the internet,” says Early.

Christina Hager