Despite declaring on Wednesday that certain visuals captured inside the locker area of Badger volleyball players had been circulated online, officials at UW-Madison disclosed minimal information on Thursday in relation to their investigation into the matter.
An individual who captured the visual without the approval of the individuals in it could face imprisonment for a maximum of nine months if the visual was shared online without their consent.
The photographs, initially not intended for public viewing, were discovered on a team member’s phone and somehow found their way onto the internet.
According to a tweet on Wednesday, the athletic department’s “primary focus is to offer comprehensive support to our student-athletes, and we are ensuring that they receive the necessary services and assistance.“
When questioned on Thursday, a spokesperson declined to specify the nature of the support being provided, citing an ongoing investigation and the confidentiality of the players.
The UW-Madison Police Department is probing the situation for “multiple offenses,” according to a statement from the institution. The volleyball players implicated have not been charged, and the team has not imposed any penalties.
Due to the complexity of identifying those involved in potential cybercrimes, police spokesperson Marc Lovicott could not provide a timeline for the investigation.
Under state law, showing, circulating, transmitting or airing visuals of nude or partially nude individuals inside a locker room without consent is punishable by a combined sentence of up to 312 years in prison and extended supervision. A six-year prison term applies when the individuals are under 18 years of age.
Making nude or partially nude photographs without consent in locker rooms constitutes a misdemeanor, while the offense becomes an 18-year felony if the subjects are minors.