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No charges filed yet in Rotolo 'sexting' incident

Batavia police still working on investigation

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 6:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:35 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz addresses the media regarding a sexting incident at Rotolo Middle School during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

BATAVIA – Batavia police have not yet determined whether charges will be filed against Rotolo Middle School students police said were involved in a "sexting" incident.

"We want to investigate it fully before we can make any decisions on how we will close it out," Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz said Friday.

Police continue to investigate a case of inappropriate nude images that police said were taken by Rotolo Middle School students of themselves and shared with other students.

Six or seven students sent photos of themselves through cellphone text messages, Bretz said. About 12 students have received the photos. Those boys and girls who are involved in the incident are between 11 and 14 years old, Bretz said.

"We've interviewed a total of 15 to 20 kids and parents who were directly or indirectly involved," he said.

The school district was made aware of the images on Tuesday after a Rotolo Middle School student let a staff member know that some inappropriate images of classmates may have been distributed through social media, school officials have said.

Bretz noted the Rotolo incident is not an isolated one. This week, two boys were charged with possession of child pornography following an investigation into alleged sexting at a Barrington middle school.

"People should sit down with their children and talk to them about that the decisions they make today could affect them tomorrow," Bretz said. "Most parents are already aware of sexting. They know it's a problem."

According to Rotolo's handbook, students are prohibited from "creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device or cellular phone."

Under state law, it is illegal for those younger than the age of 18 to distribute lewd photos using their cellphones or computers.

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