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Guilderland teens face charges for YouTube video
GUILDERLAND-- The four teenage boys believed to be responsible for a vulgar YouTube video turned themselves in to police Thursday.
According to Guilderland Police Michael Malone, 17, Giovanni Santoro, 16 Joshua Thompson, 16, and Parker Carmichael, 17, all turned themselves in claiming responsibility for the video.
All the students are are juniors at Guilderland High School and Guilderland town residents, police said.
The rap video was posted on YouTube earlier this year but was taken down because it degraded many Guilderland sophomores, by name, many of whom were female.
Several victims came to Guilderland Police Department to file a complaint, and shortly after an investigation was launched, said Guilderland Police Captain Curtis Cox.
"We had a complainant that felt bullied and victimized this and therefore when you apply the law it fits and there for they are charged accordingly," said Cox.
The law in question is a unique local law passed by the Albany County Legislature that specifically targets cyber bullying.
The charge is a misdemeanor with the potential of a fine and up to one year in jail.