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A La Crosse man charged with sending nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend to her boss will serve six months on probation.

Mark Wirts

Wirts

Mark Wirts, 32, must also complete 75 hours of community service and pay a $443 fine under the sentence imposed Wednesday by La Crosse County Circuit Judge Scott Horne.

“I really hope this is the last time we see you in the criminal justice system. You created harm to (the victim), and it appears you are coming to grips with that,” Horne said. “This conduct can in no way, shape or form be accepted.”

Wirts on Aug. 9, 2016, texted two photos of his ex to her boss after months of contacting the woman and, at least once, following her in his vehicle, according to the complaint. He also threatened to send the photographs to her parents after she terminated their relationship.

He pleaded guilty to publishing a sexually explicit image without consent, a misdemeanor, while felony charges of stalking and threatening to communicate derogatory information were dismissed. Wirts complied with bond during his case, enrolled in counseling and wrote letters of apology to the victim and her boss.

Wirts, who is employed and providing for his four children, told the judge his conduct was an impulse reaction to a breakup after long-stemming abandonment issues and that he did not consider the impact it would have on the victim. Prosecutors agreed to leave the sentence to the judge’s discretion, while Wirts’ attorney requested a fine.

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Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

(4) comments

senior

He has 4 children, his life is ruined. This will never go away, he has embarrassed his family, his girlfriend, his children and his parents. He is a dirtball. He doesn't need a fine, he needs a doctor, some work on his brain.
something wrong in there!!!

yellowroselady

He was in the wrong but one has to state....if there were no nude picture taken there could be no retaliation or retribution by anyone ever....

Also, want to make another point....for parents, teens and pre-teens...https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2017/06/02/house-passes-bill-that-could-jail-teens-15-years-for-sexting/#61533cbe4cf6

Sex is the new "cash cow" for the federal and state governments.

According to the NCMEC map there are over 861,837 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bate-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many other offenses.

If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-integration; a job, a place to live and a good support system.

The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy)

It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman.
ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the actual facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Papers.cfm?abstract_id=2616429

A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:
a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser;
b) 34.2% were family members;
c) 58.7% were acquaintances;
d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers;
e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victims own home;
f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

The public needs to decide if they want to continue to focus on those who, for the most part, are one time offenders or if they see a greater need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things in their Circles of Safety.

Women Against Registry ~ Fighting the Destruction of Families

YellowBee

Really!! A slap on the hands is all this dirt bag gets???!!!!??? He should have gone to jail.[angry][angry][angry][angry][angry][angry]

Climatehoax

Is probation even a slap on the wrist? I call probation, the non-punishment.

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