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No charges in Rotolo 'sexting' incident

Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz addresses the media regarding a sexting incident at Rotolo Middle School during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz addresses the media regarding a sexting incident at Rotolo Middle School during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

BATAVIA – Batavia police will not bring any criminal charges against Rotolo Middle School students police said were involved in a "sexting" incident.

"Educational programming through Batavia School District 101 will be the focus of the learning process," Batavia police stated in a press release on Monday. "Both the Batavia Police Department and the Batavia School District take the incident very seriously. Programs set up by the school district in cooperation with the Batavia Police Department will educate students and parents on the proper and improper use of social media and its consequences."

Police had been investigating the case of inappropriate nude images that police said were taken by Rotolo Middle School students of themselves and shared with other students.

The school district was made aware of the images on April 29 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.

If any disciplinary action is taken against the students involved in the incident, it will be handled by the school district and not released per school district policy, police said. Parents of the students will be contacted through the school district and notified of the results of the investigation.

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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