By Melissa Pinion-Whitt Staff Writer
Posted: 06/16/2011 03:57:03 PM PDT

BIG BEAR LAKE – The Sheriff’s Department wants all copies of Big Bear High School’s 2011 yearbook returned after finding a photo in it that deputies said can be construed as child pornography.

Sheriff’s deputies launched an investigation Tuesday after they saw the photo, which appears to show a 17-year-old boy with his hand inside the clothing of a 15-year-old girl.

“A lieutenant said the photo printed in the yearbook was taken at a dance. The (couple) are in the background of the photo and are not the intended focus of the photo,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

“When the photos were scanned and proofed by an adviser, they must have missed the photo,” Bachman said.

Most students have turned in their yearbooks so they can be edited, but some have not.

“At this time, anyone possessing the photograph should be on notice to turn in the photographs to school staff or the Sheriff’s Department or risk potential criminal charges involving possession of child pornography,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote in a news release.

No one has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.

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