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    High school student accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, and tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An 18-year-old high school student is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.
    "The kind of manipulation that occurred here is really sinister in my estimation," Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said.
    The students go to New Berlin Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, which is in Waukesha County about 15 miles west of Milwaukee.
    Anthony Stancl, of New Berlin, was charged Wednesday with five counts of child enticement, two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, possession of child pornography, repeated sexual assault of the same child, and making a bomb threat.
    The incidents happened from spring 2007 through November, when officers questioned Stancl about a bomb threat he allegedly sent to teachers and wrote about on a school's bathroom wall. It resulted in the closing of New Berlin Eisenhower Middle and High School.
    According to the criminal complaint, Stancl first contacted the students through the social networking site Facebook, pretending to be a girl named Kayla or Emily.
    The boys reported they were tricked into sending nude photos or videos of themselves, the complaint said.
    Thirty-one victims were identified and interviewed and more than half said the girl with whom they were communicating tried to get them to meet with a male friend to let him perform sex acts on them. They were told that if they didn't, she would send the nude photos or movies to their friends and post them on the Internet, according to the complaint. Stancl used the excuse to get the victims to perform repeated acts, the complaint said.
    Seven boys were identified in the complaint by their initials as either having to allegedly perform sex acts on Stancl or Stancl on them in the high school bathroom, parking lots, neighborhoods under construction, the public library restroom, parks and at some of the victims' homes.
    The complaint said Stancl took photos with his cell phone of the encounters.
    Officers found about 300 nude images of juvenile males on his computer, according to the complaint. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 17 or 18 years of age at the time of the assaults, the complaint said.
    "We know from experience how damaging sexual abuse on children can be," Schimel said. "We are particularly concerned in this case because of the sheer number of kids that are all in one school."
    Schimel said one victim came forward before the bomb threat, but authorities would have likely found Stancl anyway due to the threat.
    Stancl's attorney, Craig Kuhary, said Stancl plans to initially plead not guilty to the charges.
    "It's too early in the case for me to make a statement, other than the fact at some point we are going to go into events that had taken place earlier that might have had some impact on what he did here," he said. He wouldn't go into specifics.
    Kuhary said he hoped that at some point they could reach a plea agreement with the district attorney. Schimel said he was open to talking to Kuhary.
    Kuhary said Stancl has been expelled from school.
    A preliminary hearing for Stancl has been scheduled Feb. 26.
    The maximum penalty if convicted on all charges is nearly 300 years in prison.

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    Terribly sad, but it's a good thing he got caught before he graduated.

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    Maybe they should send him to a women's prison. He might like the idea of spending 300 years in a men's prision a little too much.

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    my question is why in the hell did they send nude photos anyway? it still doens't make it right. He is still a sick individual for what he did.
    I agree Mac, glad it stopped before something crazy happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-9max View Post
    my question is why in the hell did they send nude photos anyway? it still doens't make it right. He is still a sick individual for what he did.
    I agree Mac, glad it stopped before something crazy happened.
    Exactly. If you send naked pictures of yourself to someone you don't even know, then you can't bitch about what happens because of it. It does not make what the dude did with the pics right, but if you never send out naked pics, you can't have them held over your head for blackmail.

    Hell in some places they are now charging teens with porn charges for sending naked pics of themselves to classmates via cell phone. How would these boys sending their naked pics to a stranger online be any different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-9max View Post
    my question is why in the hell did they send nude photos anyway?
    I don't understand either.

    This whole "sexting" thing makes me sad for a number of reasons spanning from morality to tech. I do dumbass things all the time, often online, (ask around, won't take but a minute) most of which I wouldn't like to see printed in the paper the next day. I know they can though. What fascinates me is kids, and adults by age, don't realize that. I really don't understand how they don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-9max View Post
    my question is why in the hell did they send nude photos anyway? it still doens't make it right. He is still a sick individual for what he did.
    I agree Mac, glad it stopped before something crazy happened.
    Here's your answer right here, buddy - Saw this on MSNBC's front page yesterday but I didn't look at the story until Odd mentioned it:

    Porn charges for 'sexting' stir debate - Tech and gadgets- msnbc.com

    Porn charges for 'sexting' stir debate
    Should teens who send racy photos face serious felony charges?

    By Martha Irvine
    updated 3:00 p.m. CT, Wed., Feb. 4, 2009

    CHICAGO - Though youth is fleeting, images sent on a cell phone or posted online may not be, especially if they're naughty.

    Teenagers' habit of distributing nude self-portraits electronically — often called "sexting" if it's done by cell phone — has parents and school administrators worried. Some prosecutors have begun charging teens who send and receive such images with child pornography and other serious felonies. But is that the best way to handle it?

    "Hopefully we'll get the message out to these kids," says Michael McAlexander, a prosecutor in Allen County, Ind., which includes Fort Wayne. A teenage boy there is facing felony obscenity charges for allegedly sending a photo of his private parts to several female classmates. Another boy was recently charged with child pornography in a similar case.

    In some cases, the photos are sent to harass other teens or to get attention. Other times, they're viewed as a high-tech way to flirt. Either way, law enforcement officials want it to stop, even if it means threatening to add "sex offender" to a juvenile's confidential record.

    "We don't want to throw these kids in jail," McAlexander says. "But we want them to think."

    This month in Greensburg, Pa., three high school girls who sent seminude photos and four male students who received them were all hit with child pornography charges. And in Newark, Ohio, a 15-year-old high school girl faced similar charges for sending her own racy cell phone photos to classmates. She eventually agreed to a curfew, no cell phone and no unsupervised Internet usage over the next few months. If she complies, the charges will be dropped.

    In Pennsylvania, all but one of the students accepted a lesser misdemeanor charge, partly to avoid a trial and further embarrassment, a public defender in the case said. The mother of one boy is considering fighting all charges.

    Whatever the outcome, the mere fact that child pornography charges were filed at all is stirring debate among students and adults.

    At Greensburg-Salem High School in Pennsylvania, junior Jamie Bennish says she's not sure the boys in her school's case should've been charged.

    "They did not necessarily choose to receive the pictures, although I find it questionable that they did not delete the photos from their cell phones after some period of time," she says. "As for the girls, there is no excuse for exposing yourself in that way, and any charges they receive they have brought upon themselves."

    Dante Bertani, chief public defender in Westmoreland County, Pa., where the students went to court, called the felony charges "horrendous." He says such treatment should be reserved for sex offenders, not teenagers who might've used poor judgment, but meant nothing malicious.

    "It should be an issue between the school, the parents and the kids — and primarily the parents and the kids," Vertani says. "It's not something that should be going through the criminal system."

    These cases do pose a dilemma, concedes Wes Weaver, the principal at Licking Valley High School, where the Ohio girl attends school.

    He agrees that pornography charges or other felonies are not appropriate, noting that "the laws have not caught up to technology."

    But he says there has to be some way to educate students and their parents about the harm these photos can do — and the fact that, once they're out there, they often get widely circulated. Days before his staff discovered the girl's nude photos, the county prosecutor had been at the school to warn students against sexting.

    "I don't think we're anywhere near having a handle on this," Weaver says. "It's beyond our scope as a school."

    Parents are also often at a loss.

    Some companies, such as WebSafety Inc., have developed software that parents can use to monitor certain activity on cell phones and computers. They can, for instance, block X-rated texting terms or be alerted when their child is using them, says Mike Adler, the company's CEO.

    Photos are trickier, though, and often require a parent to manually check a child's phone.

    And that's OK to do, says Dr. Terri Randall, an adolescent psychiatrist in Philadelphia.

    "It could be part of the contract of having a cell phone, that you really don't get 100 percent privacy. It's just one more way of keeping track, like knowing what your kid is doing and where they are," says Randall, who's also an instructor at Jefferson Medical College.

    Randall says she's seeing more issues related to sexting, especially as cell phones with cameras have become standard. One mother brought her daughter in to be psychologically evaluated after finding provocative cell phone photos of the girl.

    Other patients tell Randall how sexting and texting explicit messages has caused relationship problems, especially after a breakup, when photos might be distributed out of spite, for instance.

    So she reminds her young patients: "Even though it seems like fun and so exciting right now, that person may not always feel the same way about you. And you may not feel the same way about that person either."

    But is it porn? That's questionable, she and others say.

    Certainly, technology makes it easier to do and say things we might not do in person, says Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher with the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

    "But ultimately," she says, "I think this is merely another case of technology extending an activity or action that young people have engaged in for years, if not beyond that."

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