Teen Girl’s Report Raises Issue of “Sexting”



ELLSWORTH — A local teenage girl who broke up with her boyfriend says her ex is allegedly sending people a nude photo of her, Detective Dotty Small reported.

Small said she would be warning the young man to stop.

District Attorney Michael Povich said he does not know any of the details about the potential Ellsworth case.

Povich said there are a number of issues to consider before he could bring charges including the age of the victim, the type of photograph and whether those receiving the photo were under 18.

“Not every nude photo is lewd,” the prosecutor said.

Young people in Massachusetts, Virginia, Ohio, Florida and other states have been charged with child pornography after distributing nude photos via cell phones, which is known as “sexting,” according to a March 11 report in USA Today.

Povich recalled a case at Sumner Memorial High School in which a young employee had been exchanging text messages with two younger students who told him they were college cheerleaders from Michigan.

The young man sent the girls “a black-and-white close-up” of his genitals, Povich said.

“Maybe it was a lewd exhibition, but I just felt this was not the case to charge an A or B felony,” the prosecutor said. “So I just charged him with disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a child.”

“The lesson to be learned in this day of electronic and digital and MySpace and Twitter and the fact that you can take pictures with a telephone, you put yourself in this position, don’t be surprised if it turns out on the Internet,” said Povich. “It may be incredibly embarrassing for you and it may not result in criminal charges.”

Animal Assist

Officer Dan Owens encountered two large German shepherds in the intersection of routes 179 and 180 who would not move out of the way for oncoming traffic. Passing motorists had to take evasive action to avoid striking the dogs, Owens said. The officer coaxed the animals into his cruiser and took them to the Small Animal Clinic.

Accidents

A pickup truck skidded across the road and flipped on its side in the woods after a motorist lost control on black ice on Route 230 Saturday, police reported.

Derek Rosborough, 27, of Ellsworth had been driving a 2004 Ford, which sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage, police said.

A pickup truck went off the road, hit a snowbank and rolled due to slippery road conditions on Christian Ridge Road March 11, police said.

Daniel Dodge, 17, of Harborside had been driving south in a 2003 Ford, which sustained an estimated $5,000 in damage, police reported.

A sport utility vehicle went off the road, struck a snowbank and rolled onto its driver’s side after a motorist lost control due to slippery roads on Route 230 March 12, police reported.

Nicole Alley, 23, of Trenton had been driving a 2002 Nissan, which sustained an estimated $8,000 in damage, police reported.

The driver of a station wagon crossed the centerline and struck a pickup truck after falling asleep while driving on Main Street Sunday, police reported.

Christopher Hurley, 54, of Brooklin had been driving east in a 1999 Volvo when he fell asleep and his car struck a westbound 2008 Ford operated by Kyle Tyler, 52, of Blue Hill, police said.

An officer estimated $2,500 in damage for the Volvo and $2,000 for the truck.

Theft

An all-terrain vehicle valued at $3,000 is missing from an Ellsworth residence.

A thief broke into an ice shack and stole a Jiffy ice auger on Green Lake.

A purse containing an iPod, a digital camera and a scientific calculator was taken at a local school.

Police are investigating a possible theft of liquor at a local grocery store.

Arrests and Summonses

Kyle Stoops, 45, Winterport, operating after suspension.

Stephanie A. Carter, 18, Bangor, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating without a license.

Carrie L. Coffin, 28, Bangor, permitting unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Jessica Sullivan, 21, Southwest Harbor, operating after suspension and marijuana possession.

Boy, 17, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession.

Roberto Antonio Lopez Rodriguez, 58, of Ellsworth, theft.

Trissa Donovan, 33, Harrington, bail violation.

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]