Wisconsin requires people who have been convicted of certain sex crimes to register as sex offenders. This registry is intended to warn the public about the possibility of repeat offenders in their neighborhoods, and to help the authorities keep track of offenders. However, being placed on the registry comes with many other restrictions and limitations, official and nonofficial.
Police officers were called to Pewaukee High School in southeast Wisconsin at least once a week over the last few years because of alleged "sexting" among students. However, the state does not have laws addressing these types of sex offenses and, as a result, the Village of Pewaukee adopted an ordinance to combat this behavior.
Sexual assault charges are usually pursued in a criminal trial court. But, as colleges deal more with sexual assault or harassment allegations, a legal defense against sex offenses must go beyond criminal law. Charges against a high-profile former Wisconsin Badgers football player has involved Title IX and campus legal procedures.
Sexual assault test kits can be compelling and even decisive evidence in criminal prosecutions. However, everyone who is accused of a crime has the right to a defense, and a good defense means questioning the reliability of the evidence.