There's a sex scandal brewing in China, and the photos associated with it may just be the cheesiest in the history of online scandals.  More than 100 photos of three men and two women having sex went viral on China's microblogging service Sina Weibo earlier this month, International Business Times' Amethyst Tate reports. The men among the lovers allegedly include a Communist party secretary of a county in the Anhui Province, his deputy secretary, and a party youth leader at Hefei University. 

Wang Minsheng, the highest ranked official accused of being part of the orgy, denied that he was in the photos. First he said the pictures were all photoshopped by someone trying to slander him. Then officials told journalists that the photos weren't photoshopped—the guys just looked like the party secretaries, they said according to Offbeat China

Wang Yu, a college youth leader, is the only one to admit fault, saying he and his wife are in the photos. (No word on which ones they are.) The two were both subsequently kicked out of the Communist Party and fired from their jobs. The identity of the other men and women in the photo are still unknown. Wang Yu told officials that the other two men were strangers, not the accused party leaders. 

The real hilarity is in the sex photos themselves. The tamest one features three apparently naked, pale-skinned men and two women with black camisoles. Two of them are holding up v-for-victory (or peace) signs:

The fivesome then takes rowdier and rowdier photos. That is, rowdy with dashes of friendly v-for-victory hand signs and cheesy grins thrown in. (NSFW pictures from Chinese news sites here and here.) After this group shot, another group picture is taken, only without the black camisoles. From there, things get... Well, explicit.

Credit where credit is due: Americans' latest social media-based political sex scandal only featured one measly photo of the clothed crotch of Anthony Weiner. More than 100 photos documenting an entire sex party is a sort of treasure mine as far as these things go, and somehow together feel more ridiculous than just filming the whole thing.

While Americans mostly just laughed at Weiner's scandal, so-called group licentiousness (read: group sex) is punishable by up to five years in jail in China.