Second former Badger High School student receives two years probation in sex photo case

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Jonah Beleckis
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ELKHORN—A former Badger High School student pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to two years probation Tuesday for a case involving the alleged distribution of photos from a sexual incident with two other students.

Blake L. Dodd, now 18, pleaded guilty to the same three misdemeanors as the other teen convicted in the case, Tias L. Larson: sexual intercourse with a child who was at least 16 years old but not 18, exposing a child to harmful material, and exposing genitals.

As it was for Larson, a fourth count of felony party to sexual exploitation of a child by filming was dismissed and read into the record.

Dodd's sentence, which included an imposed and stayed nine-month jail term if he violates his probation, was part of the plea agreement reached the day before his jury trial was scheduled to begin.

The incident occurred Feb. 19, 2016, when Dodd, Larson and the victim were 16 years old. The girl invited Dodd to her home to watch a movie, but she told police Dodd brought Larson, who was not invited, according to the criminal complaint.

Dodd and Larson had sex with the girl, who told police it was not consensual, according to the complaint.

No sexual assault charges were filed against Larson or Dodd in adult court.

A picture taken from the incident obtained by police shows Dodd and Larson both facing the camera and high-fiving while the girl, who appeared to be naked, was between the two boys not facing the camera, according to the complaint. The picture was sent and shown to other people.

The girl told police people were making comments to her in school about the picture, according to the complaint.

Assistant District Attorney Haley Johnson said the victim was OK with the amended charges.

“It's an unfortunate situation for all involved,” Judge Phil Koss said Tuesday.

Koss said he commented more on the case during Larson's August sentencing hearing, which is because both sides were free to argue. Larson received the same sentence as Dodd.

Dodd and Larson are jointly responsible for paying $3,192.83 in restitution.

Per the plea agreement, Dodd cannot ask for expungement, which is effectively a clearing of the conviction from record. Dodd is also not allowed to contact the victim or her family.

Last updated: 11:38 am Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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