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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Future sexters, let this be a lesson to you

Last December while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, former New Berlin Eisenhower High School student Anthony Stancl had just been convicted of using Facebook to force male schoolmates into sexual encounters. As [art of a plea agreement, 10 felony counts were dropped and Stancl was convicted of repeated sexual assault of the same child and third-degree sexual assault.

Stancl posed as a female on Facebook, persuading at least 31 boys to send him pictures of themselves naked. Stancl then blackmailed not all, but some of the boys into performing sex acts. If they didn’t, Stancl threatened that he would release the pictures to the rest of the school. Seven boys, ages 15 to 17, were coerced into performing sex acts.

Stancl, who is now 19, faced up to 30 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision when released from prison.

In December, I posed a two-prong question to my WISN audience: 1) What should Stancl get?  2) What will Stancl get when he is sentenced?

The majority of the callers, and there were many, said Stancl should get a tough sentence but would, instead get a light one.

I reminded the audience that the sentencing judge was Waukesha County’s Mac Davis, a conservative member of the bench and that while I share the common view that wrists are slapped, I had optimism that Judge Davis would not send the wrong message.

Today, Davis sentenced Stancl to 15 years in prison and another 13 years of extended supervision. Admittedly, I would have preferred the maximum sentence. However. Davis’ sentence is significant and should serve as notice to any future Anthony Stancl’s what will happen if you engage in this criminal activity.

Regular readers know I have no sympathy and detest people who go on the Internet pretending to be someone they’re not and then spread lies and false stories. It’s happened on these very NOW blogs. Others beside myself know it and know it to be true in their silence. They know exactly who I'm talking about. Shame on them and the phony perpetrators of lies and distortion.

The Stancl case is over. Meanwhile, youngsters are sexting at FranklinHigh School. They, too, like Stancl, need to learn their lesson.

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