Department of Justice takes over Middleton High School investigation into shared nude photos

Middleton High School

MIDDLETON, Wis. – The State is taking over an investigation involving the sharing of nude photographs of minors in the Middleton community.

The Middleton Police Department said in a press release that “due to the scope of this incident” the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation will take the lead.

The police department was notified on Tuesday that Middleton High School students may be involved in this incident, according to Middleton Police Captain Jeremy Geiszler.

Officers are working directly with the district to identify students who may have been victimized or were involved in sharing these pictures, Geiszler said.

The Middleton-Cross Plains School District sent an email to Middleton High School families just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday informing them of the investigation and their cooperation with authorities.

“We also know this has been a very emotional week for our students so please encourage your child to seek out our student services staff if they need additional support,” the email said.

Perry Hibner, Director of Communications with the district, said he couldn’t say if any student had been punished in relation to this situation, but said if there are or will be suspensions, they will be determined by the district’s code of conduct.

Hibner said sharing nude photographs would be considered a Level III offense. According to the code of conduct, that encompasses “Most Serious Offenses which Jeopardize Health/Safety of Others,” with possible consequences including suspension and expulsion.

This is an ongoing investigation and no arrests have been made. Those with information can still contact the Middleton Police Department’s School Resource Officer at 608-829-9665 to be routed to the appropriate investigators.