A 17-year-old China Spring High School student is facing a felony charge after police said he posted 650 pictures and videos, including images of his classmates, onto a pornographic website, an arrest warrant affidavit states.

China Spring Independent School District police arrested Tyler Christian McKinney, of Waco, at the school Tuesday morning after officers received information that McKinney had posted photos of at least nine students onto a pornographic website over an 18-month period. The affidavit states McKinney used the images of students without their permission between May 2017 and November 2018.

More than 650 photos and videos were uploaded onto the pornographic website, and some images contained the full names of students, the affidavit states. Authorities reported that some of the students’ faces were placed on other adult bodies but were staged to appear authentic.

According to a search warrant for McKinney’s phone, a China Spring student told police a girl received a message on social media saying images of her were posted to a pornographic website. The photos of the girl had been adapted with pornographic images to make the images of the girl to appear authentic.

With help from Waco police, investigators found various female students’ photos that had been adapted with unknown males’ body parts, the warrant states. Police stated they believe McKinney used his cellphone to upload the doctored images onto the website.

McKinney was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of online impersonation and was taken to McLennan County Jail. He posted a $7,500 bond and was released from custody Wednesday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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