Police investigating "sexting" in Peshtigo School District

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Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 11:25 AM CDT
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***Blurred images in the video story are not of students involved in this incident***

Police and deputies are investigating the exchange of sexually-explicit material among students in the Peshtigo School District.

Peshtigo Police Chief Richard Badgley says he received complaints about "sexting" among students on April 25. He says photos were exchanged between students.

Sexting is when people send and receive sexually explicit messages or photos over cell phones or other electronic devices.

Chief Badgley says the photos that were shared could be considered child pornography.

"Badgley urges parents to be diligent and check their kid's phones to see what they have on them," reads a statement on the investigation.

Peshtigo police are working with the Marinette County Sheriff's Office and the district attorney's office.

Peshtigo School District Superintendent Patrick Rau would not discuss the investigation.

"No comment will be given to protect the confidentiality of the investigation and students," Rau wrote in a statement to Action 2 News.

On Friday, Rau sent an email to parents referencing an incident that happened that day. Here is the email Rau sent to parents within the school district:

"Dear Parent:

A situation occurred today at Peshtigo Middle/High School that involved a number of our students. Each of those students involved and their parents have been spoken with by administration or counselors to insure they are safe and aware of what has happened. Law enforcement has been contacted and has begun their investigation as well.

I am unable to share details of the situation, but at no time was there a threat to the safety of the students, staff, or school."