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November 8, 2015

High School Principal Seeks Data on Cell Phones for National Sex Offender Registry

Filed under: Sex — baseball91 @ 8:24 PM


Cañon City School District (Colorado) Superintendent George Welsh said “a large number” of high school football players were involved in an ‘alleged’ incident and caused the team to forfeit Saturday’s season finale. The alleged exchange of nude photographs between “a number” of students in the district was described in the singular.

“… The coaching staff and administration, after careful thought and consideration, decided that stepping on the field to play this weekend to represent the Cañon City community is just not an option,” the school superintendent stated. “Though we realize this decision will unfairly penalize many of our fine young men who clearly did not participate in these actions, we concluded it was impossible to safely field an entire team representative of the personal qualities and characteristics that truly represent the history of the Cañon City High School football program.”


Only an ‘alleged incident’ at this point in time, because the investigation is only in its early stages. The school superintendent declined to say how many students have been suspended or expelled as a result of the investigation to date. Additional students may face discipline, he said, because the investigation is still in its early stages. There were more pictures for the school staff to go through. To identify who was in the child porn, which did not seem like child porn to the kids, if you were a kid. And of course the school superintendent got the District Attorney involved.

District Attorney Thom LeDoux announced that possession of child pornography is a felony. But if he chooses to prosecute a child, he will take other elements into consideration. And of the National Sex Offender Registry, the district attorney said, “We certainly have no intentions of requiring a juvenile to register unless it is absolutely necessary.” So he is going to discriminate, based upon some kind of unstated guideline? And maybe coverup the names of the kids who came from families with political influence.

There are 16,400 people who live in this town, with possibly “several hundred victims” of this ‘incident’ per Cañon City Police Chief Paul Schultz said, as representation of the community in football was no longer an option, even for the fine young men of the town. With no mention of the fine young women./span>

“This is a major investigation,” the police chief said. “We are hoping that 30 days from now, we will have made significant headway in this investigation.”

Two phones so far have been confiscated, according to the high school principal.

“I can honestly tell you that we’re formulating lists, and we turn those over to the PD, and it’s all running through them,” said principal Brett Meuli. “We know there’s hundreds of photos. It was flooring to us on how many photos that we were finding on the phones that have been confiscated.”

Why the phones are being confiscated — on what probable cause under the U S Constitution, might be one day discussed in the American history class. Will students be required to register if they have phones? Will every phone call by a student in the school district be reviewed via the NSA records. Is that what the district attorney is working out with the local police chief, high school principal, middle school principal and with George Welsh, the school superintendent.

Meuli told a news conference — attended by Susan Payne, director of Safe 2 Tell for the Colorado General Attorney’s office — that he didn’t know if photos were taken at school. He also didn’t know how long nude photo sharing has been going on inside Cañon City. So every minute of life is of concern to this overlord of youth in Cañon City … or at least those who had cell phones and data plans. And where exactly is the jurisdiction of the principal — not the police — to be examining what is called child porn? And no one, not even a school principal is empowered to look at child porn, unless involved on the police side of investigation. This is like the Roman Catholic Church investigating their own allegations of sexual abuse. Yes, the vigilantes are alive and well in Colorado. And the principal should be charged as a sex offender, for not immediately turning over these phones to a credentialed police officer. After he saw the first picture that for him was child porn.

And if anyone in this Colorado town believed in the bill of rights like freedom of the press — the local newspaper was listing separate phone numbers for male students and female students to call to get on the Sex Offender Register, for life. Because “a person can be charged with a class 3 felony if they have taken a picture of themselves showing a naked private body part and sent it to another person, have received such a picture and forwarded it to another person, or have received such a picture and retained possession of it over time,” according to the news release.

The Denver Post has some further quotes, without anyone wondering why investigators would have or should have access to the cell phones which carried evidence of a possible felony. Who was paying for the cell phones? Why wasn’t this a family matter for a parent to address. How many do not wonder if this was not already a police state with the thinking in the quotes of those who hold authority on behalf of the county? District Attorney LeDoux said that if in the “best interest of the community” he would levy the felony charges against the young minors.



  1. It is of note that the fourth annual “Bowl for Great Futures” tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County was to go on as scheduled Saturday at Cañon City Lanes. And the Southern Colorado Community Band, organized in 1995 to participate in the annual Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival Parade, celebrating their 20th anniversary concert was to go on as scheduled on Sunday at 7 pm in the Cañon City HIGH SCHOOL Lou Del Pizzo Auditorium. “The goal of the Southern Colorado Community Band is to provide community members an artistic outlet for their musical abilities. Over the past 20 years, the SCCB has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors who pursue a degree in music.”

    Comment by baseball91 — November 8, 2015 @ 9:32 PM | Reply


    Comment by baseball91 — November 23, 2015 @ 4:18 AM | Reply


    NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY: When more than 106 students in the Cañon City School District were reported to be involved in a sexting scandal, no one, said Fremont County District Attorney Thom LeDoux at a press conference Dec. 9, 2015, would be charged. According to the Cañon City Record, three confiscated phones showed 351 images of a “questionable nature,” according to district attorney LeDoux.

    According to the Cañon City Record, “The vast majority of the photographs,” he said, “that were flagged did not include the face of the subject in the photograph. As a result, detectives were only able to positively identify three of the subjects of the questionable photographs. Another six children that agreed to be interviewed admitted to have sent photographs of themselves to another student.”

    According to the Cañon City Record, The distribution, production and possession of sexually explicit material is and was a felony. LeDoux said his office mailed letters to the parents of the children who were identified as being involved. Even though there was “enough evidence to prosecute a handful of students, the resulting investigation did not identify any of the potential aggravating factors – such as the involvement of adults, the posting of images through the Internet, coercion or bullying, allegations of unlawful sexual contact and/or retribution or retaliation.”

    According to the Cañon City Record, several students indicated that sexting is common at both the Cañon City middle schools and at the high school. As Cañon City made national news, the reigning Cañon City superintendent for less than five months George Welsh said sexting education in the district had been “hit or miss” in the past. No students, he said, were expelled. A “plural number of students” reportedly had been suspended for sexting. Said Cañon City principal Bret Meuli of the disguised application concerning nude photographs in a photo vault app, “I had no idea it was out there. Obviously, I am sure parents trust their kids giving them a cell phone. Even those parents that are checking their cell phones have no clue that they should dig deeper.”

    Principal Brett Meuli, who had allowed theses cell phones in the school in the first place, said at the press conference in early November, concerning his actions to confiscate phones: “We know there’s hundreds of photos. It was flooring to us on how many photos that we were finding on the phones that have been confiscated.”

    Why should a principal have access to any cell phone? The issue might be properly framed why a high school student much less a middle school child be allowed to have a cell phone at school? Why is any child behavior with their cell phone the business of a school if the cell phone is allowed in the first place? If this is felonious behavior, it is solely the business of law enforcement. The school principal is not deputized to serve as a spy in any town in Colorado to enforce the law on campus. According to the Cañon City Record, it was the district attorney who said , “We expect and demand that the children in our community strictly comply with the laws of this state, particularly in this area moving forward.”

    Comment by baseball91 — April 7, 2016 @ 12:27 AM | Reply

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