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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
Jun212011

Indiana Amish Man Charged with Sexting a 12-Year-Old

Courtesy of Connersville Police Department(MILFORD, Ind.) -- An Amish man from Milford, Ind., who pulled into a police sting operation in a horse and buggy has been charged with soliciting a 12-year-old girl via sexting.

Willard Yoder, 21, allegedly sent more than 600 text, picture and video messages to the local girl that he didn't know, including solicitations for sex and naked images of himself.

She is not Amish.

"[Yoder] told me several times that he just randomly chose that [telephone] number," Det. Craig Pennington of the Connersville Police Department said. "He just punched a number, hoping for a reply. If that is true, that's kind of scary because I'm sure that's not the first time that ever happened."

Alarmed by the disturbing messages, the girl told her mother, who later informed the police.

The Connersville Police Department set up a sting operation at a local restaurant in Milford, with an undercover cop posing as the girl. According to police reports, Yoder sent five messages intended for the victim asking, "Are you ready for tonight?"

He pulled up to the sting in a basic, black, two-person horse and buggy.

Once police confirmed via exchanged text messages that Yoder was the alleged perpetrator, they arrested him, securing his cellphone and his horse and buggy.

Yoder admitted to sending all the messages to the child via his cellphone and was charged with four counts of soliciting a minor, police said.

While the victim's family seemed relieved after the arrest, the child's father, who asked for anonymity, was outraged by the initial messages.

"When the pictures started coming in, and they got more graphic, I was like, 'Oh, my gosh, this is unbelievable," he told ABC's Indiana affiliate, WRTV6.

Milford residents told the station they are accustomed to seeing Amish people with cellphones, even though their community usually shuns technology.

Yoder posted bond of $5,000 per charge. A preliminary trial date was set for Sept. 19.

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Monday
Oct042010

District Attorney Accused In 'Sexting' Scandal Resigns

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Ken Kratz, the Calumet County, Wisconsin district attorney accused of sending sexual text messages has resigned, according to WBAY-TV.  Kratz handed his resignation letter to Governor Jim Doyle.

Kratz' resignation comes two weeks after the governor received two formal complaints from Calumet County residents asking him to remove Kratz from office.

In the short letter, Kratz expressed sadness and regret over his resignation, but said he hopes to repair his reputation and resume his legal career.

The scandal unraveled nearly three weeks ago, when Kratz admitted to sending sexually suggestive text messages to domestic abuse victim Stephanie Van Groll while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend's case.

Since then, at least four more women have come forward, alleging Kratz also sent them inappropriate messages over the years.

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Wednesday
Sep222010

Alleged Sexting Scandal Victim Believes There Are More Victims

(NEW YORK) -- The third woman to allege that she was harassed by Wisconsin District Attorney Ken Kratz believes there are more victims involved.  "A man like this has got a pattern of abusive behavior of his power," Ruskiewicz said.  "There is no way that we are the only three women out there," she added.

Ruskiewicz alleged that Kratz began sending her text messages after a 2008 meeting with him about a pardon for her drug conviction.  According to her, one text message read, "I'm on vacation with my family. traverse city. all week so in between naps I thought I'd let you impress me the next couple days. lets see what you do.”

Ruskiewicz said she was “freaked out” and was afraid her pardon would be at risk if she reported Kratz.

Kratz has admitted to sending sexual text messages to one woman.  His lawyer told the Associated Press that he does know anything about Ruskiewicz and said his client is in therapy.

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