Football player on indecent exposure charges after exposing himself in team photo

Hunter Osborn (Pic: Mesa PD)
Hunter Osborn (Pic: Mesa PD)

An American High School football player was arrested after police caught wind of his baring stunt.

Hunter Osborn, 19, was arrested by the Mesa Police Department after hearing reports that the footballer let it all hang out during a team photo.

Police stated that Osborn claimed he was dared by a teammate to reveal his package while the snap was being taken.

The photo then ended up in both the school's yearbook and a team programme, according to Arizona Central.

Authorities said that the yearbook was distributed before the school realised the cock-up.

The offending team picture (Pic: Mesa Public Schools)

The programme was also sold before Red Mountain High School football games.

The police stated that Osborn, in full control of his faculties, exposed the tip of his penis above his football shorts as the photo was being taken.

69 students were present with Osborn during the photo shoot.

Detective Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department confirmed that the 19-year-old was arrested on 69 counts of indecent exposure, as well as one count of furnishing harmful items to minors – due to the presence of many students under the age of 18 while the photo was taken.

"It is still an ongoing investigation," Berry told azfamily.com. "The number of charges may go up or down depending upon how the investigation continues."

A statement from Mesa Public Schools read: "The district is dismayed by the actions of the students involved in the photograph. Their behaviour does not reflect the values of Red Mountain High School or Mesa Public Schools.

"Upon learning of the photograph, school administration immediately contacted police and is cooperating fully with the investigation. Disciplinary action will follow policy and may be based on the outcome of the police investigation."

Fellow students feel that the treatment of Osborn is very harsh.

"He made a dumb mistake a little bit, but I don't think he should be charged so heavily for that," senior Zach Anthony told azfamily.com.

"It's something that's going to be on his record for the rest of his life," sophomore Brooke Bodrero added. "The consequences are a little harsh."