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Social media app Snapchat works against HHI teacher

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

A former Hilton Head Island High School teacher is still in jail for inappropriate conduct with a 16-year-old male student.

Margaret Ann Lamantia faces felony charges of contributing to the deliquency of a minor and disseminating harmful material to a minor.

It was a social media app, known as Snapchat, that ultimately got her caught.

Snapchat has quickly become a popular social media app.

It allows users to send photos and videos with built-in timers, usually lasting up to 10 seconds.

After that time expires, the image self-destructs.

On Nov. 29 and 30, Beaufort County Sheriff's investigators say Margaret Lamantia texted a photo of her genital parts using this app to the student's cell phone.

"However there are other applications that allow you to screenshot those pictures which is what the victim in this case did using an application called "Snapcapture," said Sergeant Robin McIntosh.

Because of that screenshot, investigators were able to collect it as evidence and charge Lamantia with one count of disseminating harmful material to a minor.

Snapchat does alert users if a screenshot is taken directly through the phone.

"There's ways to get around that," said Mactastic Repair Technician Austin Thompson.

He explained how one third party software only requires users to plug their phone into the computer.

"You can download this application and with the application, it allows you to go into the files of the app and you can view the photos, save the photos to your computer and it will never actually alert the other person about it," said Thompson.  

Thompson says that particular program is no longer in service but there will always be ways to bypass these tech limitations.

Lamantia remains at the Beaufort County Detention Center. Her bond is set at $25,000.

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