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Friday
Aug192011

Teen Sexting Ring Busted in Vermont

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MILTON, Vt.) -- Vermont police said that 22 high school students, ages 14 to 17, took part in a teen sexting ring, using school-issued laptops to view photos of nude and partially nude adolescent girls.

The Milton Police Department said in a statement Wednesday that after investigating the sexting ring for six months, the case was now closed and that none of the juveniles would face criminal charges.

"We wanted to make it more of an educational experience than ... a punitive experience," said Detective Cpl. Paul Locke. "We don't want a mistake they made at 14 to haunt them their entire life."

Locke said that five male Milton High School students had set up a shared gmail account, bromail@gmail.com. They then asked female Milton students to send "indecent" pictures. Seventeen girls responded, sexting pictures to the boys who then forwarded the images to their individual email accounts and then to the group gmail account.

The investigation revealed 30 to 40 "indecent" images and three "indecent" videos of teenage girls. The five boys used netbooks issued by the school to view the images and email them to one another, Locke said.

"They thought it was a good idea at the time," he said. "They said that they didn't realize what they were doing was wrong."

Milton police were alerted to the sexting ring by the principal of the Milton High School and multiple female students on Feb. 18.

"A few of the girls heard rumors that they might be on this large email account," Lock said. "They got nervous and went to school officials. They thought it got out of hand."

Locke said that technically, these indecent images of underage girls "could be considered child pornography," although in this case they weren't because the pictures were not obtained by adults over 18.

Instead of facing criminal charges, the students, who all fessed up to the acts, have been referred to the Milton Reparative Board, a community board that will hold them accountable by requiring community service, counseling and education.

The decision was made in compliance with a 2009 Vermont law in which minors who are caught "sexting" for the first time can complete a diversion problem to avoid prosecution under the state's child pornography laws.

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Yale Students React to Probe of Hostile Sexual Environment

Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- Yale sophomore Lawrence Lin said a now-infamous email ranking the looks of freshmen women at Yale University was "completely 100 percent repugnant [and] inexcusable."

"To say that boys will be boys, and because boys will be boys, they should be given an excuse or given free license to do whatever they want," said Lin.  "I feel it's just allowed for this string of events that have occurred on campus to repeatedly unfold."

He and three other young men who attend the Ivy League university in New Haven, Connecticut talked with ABC News and shared their reactions to the 26-page Title IX complaint alleging a "hostile sexual environment on campus."  On Friday, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights said it would be conducting an investigation.

Three of the men said they knew a girl who had been sexually assaulted.  Three of them said they thought the university had let the offenders get away with it.

Lin said that "groups of people, especially women, are being targeted on campus" and that needs to be addressed.  "That sort of behavior is not acceptable," he said.

In September 2009, an email greeted the freshman class.  Called the "Preseason Scouting Report," it ranked incoming freshmen females' looks by how many beers it would take to have sex with them.

Last month, 16 Yale students and alumni filed the complaint, saying the email and the university's slow response to it is a prime example of how the university has failed to address sexual harassment on campus.

And the complaint says the email is just a very public tip of the iceberg.

The suit also describes misogynistic chants by men at the school, signs that read "We love Yale sluts" outside the school's women's center, and dozens of incidents of rape and sexual harassment about which little to nothing was done.

Title IX ensures equal rights at educational institutions that receive federal funding.  If the prestigious university is found to be non-compliant and doesn't fix the problem, it could lose more than $500 million in federal funding.´╗┐

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Friday
Nov122010

Man Sentenced for Hacking Sarah Palin's E-Mail

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- David Kernell, who was a 20-year-old economics major at the University of Tennessee when he hacked into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign, was convicted Friday of unauthorized computer access and tampering with federal evidence.

The man was sentenced to a year and one day for breaching the former vice-presidential candidate’s e-mail. The judge recommended the sentence be carried out in a halfway house, instead of a prison – a decision that will be made by the Bureau of Prisons.

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