District Attorney’s office issues press release following ‘sexting’ investigation
The Oneida County District Attorney’s office late this afternoon responded in a press release to their efforts during the recent investigation into ‘sexting’ at Rhinelander schools, and their expectation for the future:
The Oneida County District Attorney’s office decided it will not issue charges against any students who were taking and sharing inappropriate pictures.
Investigation began with a single complaint; however, the number of students involved quickly expanded. Each interview conducted by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department led investigator to new information. The ages of those involved range from 13 years old to 18 years old. Information received required that investigators begin interviewing students at the junior high school.
It was at this point that it was decided we should educate students rather than prosecute criminally. The District Attorney personally met with Oneida County investigators, Department of Social Services, Rhinelander High School staff, Superintendent of Schools, and the Tri-County Council on Domestic Abuse. The District Attorney’s office provided information on potential charges that could be filed; however, it is clear that Wisconsin does not have laws, which specifically deal with sexting. As a result, no charges will be filed.
It is our intent to educate parents and students on the use of technology. We are hopeful that with this information we can resolve any potential issues and prevent issues like this in the future.