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WI: Students can face fines for sexting in Pewaukee

[cbs58.com – 8/9/19]

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Village of Pewaukee is taking action to address the prevalence of sexting among minors by enacting an ordinance that allows police to issue citations for those caught exchanging nude photos or videos through electronic devices.

“The whole idea is to change children’s behavior,” said Chief Timothy Heier of the Pewaukee Police Department. “Get them to stop and make better choices in life.”

Sexting is not unique to the Village of Pewaukee.

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that one in four young people have received a sext while one in seven have sent one.

Chief Heier said police in his department were investigating about one case a week, something that strained resources.

“It takes up many man-hours to investigate,” Heier told CBS 58.

Police said that most cases of sexting are consensual, but oftentimes a relationship between two minors may sour and lead to the distribution of explicit photos or videos for malicious reasons.

Police Sgt. Nate Wright added that the Waukesha District Attorney’s Office was not interested in pursuing charges for every case brought to them. That often meant perpetrators did not face repercussions.

Pewaukee’s School Resource Officer Julie Buddenhagen is credited with coming up with the idea for the ordinance to fine minors who are caught sexting, which was modeled after a similar ordinance in Stevens Point.

The ordinance fines a minor $438 for the first offense and $639 for the second offense. It’s a solution that police believe addresses community concerns.

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  1. Will Allen

    As a parent, I don’t want people to ever dream that if my child were to do this that it would be any of their business. I am done with people who think Nanny Big Government should be raising my children. If NBGs in Amerika think this is something they should waste our resources on, we’ll continue to be a shithole country. We’ll never have enough laws to satisfy the control freaks.

  2. Tim in WI

    Parents who give unlimited access to public networks, social media and other enterprises serve their kids up on a silver platter. This is as basic as “KEEP YOUR KIDS OUT OF THE STREET.” FB fined 5B $! For privacy violations and hardly goes noticed. No outrage? Bells and whistles too attractive, like marten to feathered snare.

    Too many are ignorant to the true nature of the database!
    A nude pic is taken and stored on devices integral database.(Act 1). A text message is keyed in and pic copy file ( Act2) is made and attached (act 3), while the original of both remains.
    The text is transmitted and transferred by number to the receiver with full knowledge of content by only 1 party, but is immediately displayed upon click approval. The text is automatically saved but the attached content file is also kept on the receiving device. Down load ing the texted image file places it into the database of receiving device. Proliferation is inevitable precisely because of the nature of the electronic file and database storage, each state integral to the devices ” in it’s necessary operation. ”

    Teens want and desperately seek to have their sexuality recognized by others. Those affirmations are important to natural development. That our society would rather have them not engage others until adulthood neglects their plain humanity and has a cost. One thing is for sure, these folks seek to limit speech.

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