Police identify ice cream licker, but won't press charges

Police have identified the girl filmed licking the top of an ice cream tub - but say they won't press charges as she's a minor.

In the clip, the teen was seen licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream before putting it back into the supermarket freezer. Video of the incident went viral and sparked a massive backlash to her actions.

Texas police say they've found the culprit and her boyfriend, who allegedly filmed her.

"They were both forthcoming with what occurred and admitted to the act," Lufkin Police and Fire announced in a "CASE SOLVED" post to Facebook.

Police had planned on charging the woman with second-degree felony tampering, which meant she could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

In addition to imprisonment, a second degree felony offence may receive a fine of up to US$10,000.

However police have now revealed the accused is under 17, meaning she has to be treated as a juvenile.

"We do not intend to pursue charges against her as an 'adult' and therefore what happens from here is at the discretion of the juvenile justice system," police say.

"We cannot speak for them as to what charge she will face in the juvenile justice system."

But the teen's boyfriend might not escape so easily as he's over 17, and therefore legally an adult.

"As to whether her boyfriend will face charges, we are currently discussing his involvement with prosecutors," police say.


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