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Investigation continues into Menasha sexting incident


MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - We're learning more details surrounding a sexting investigation in the Fox Valley.

Menasha police are investigating the incident involving area students, mostly from Menasha High School.

Investigators say at least a dozen students, between the ages of 14 and 16, are involved in the sending or receiving of nude photos which were posted online to an unnamed social media website.

"We have an officer who's a forensic examiner who'll be looking through the electronic side of things...cell phones, computers, trying to determine what information is evidentiary on there," says Menasha Police Officer Aaron Zemlock. "There's certainly some very serious consequences that can be born out of this, regardless of its initial intent, the laws are fairly strict when it comes to child pornography or posting nude photos of somebody without their consent."

Zemlock says he can't recall the department investigating this kind of sexting issue involving so many students. It apparently was male students who sought the photos from female students and then some of those photos ended up on the Internet.

"I don't think it comes as a great surprise to a lot of people," says Zemlock. "A quick Google search will show you that these types of things have been occurring on a more regular basis."

Zemlock says the investigation is ongoing and says this is a lesson to all students about what they share on social media.

“We try to teach our kids, you know, respect your body, respect, you know, those types of images and I think with the era that these kids live in, the information sharing is so quick and so instantaneous that I think it doesn’t stick with them that, ‘Anything I put up there is there forever,’” Zemlock adds.

The website has since been completely locked as police continue their investigation.