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May 23, 2016:  SHERIFF'S SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

Sheriff’s Office announces charges in school threat:

Pursuant to a May 18th 2016 incident in which a threat was made to students in the Albany School District on social media, the Green County Sheriff’s Office has obtained probable cause to charge a 16-year-old female student with a felony offense. Although the threat is not believed to be credible, Wisconsin Law 947.019 considers it a crime to convey a message in which the actor intends to cause an evacuation, disruption, public inconvenience, or fear.

The charging decision was made in conjunction with the Green County District Attorney’s Office, after a review of website and internet provider records, in addition to forensic information obtained from a personal cell phone. The child has since been removed from the school and will remain in the custody of her parents.

We are satisfied that a proper determination has been made of the person who is responsible for these threats, and now release this information in order to alleviate some of the concerns in the community. The Albany Police Department and the Green County Sheriff’s Office will be at the school tomorrow assisting the staff with searches for prohibited articles, and will continue to assist the District as the school year draws to a close.

Authorized by:  Sheriff Mark A. Rohloff

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