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Police this week received no further reports of sexual battery from the Natrona County School District, a sergeant said Friday morning.

Sgt. Scott Jones attributed the rapid decline in reports to a decrease in criminal activity brought about by police educational programs and media attention on a pattern of battery throughout the district’s schools.

In the two weeks preceding Monday, police had received roughly 15 reports from within the district’s middle and high schools. The reports stemmed from male students engaging in a “game” that consisted of them challenging each other to inappropriately touch female students, Jones told the Star-Tribune on Monday.

Jones said Friday that, at faculty request, a school resource officer had given lectures on the topic of sexual battery in a half-dozen classrooms this week.

On Feb. 14, Jones contacted district officials and informed them that police had seen an increase in sexual battery reports.

The next day, the school district emailed parents to alert them to the “game.” The email states the police department “has and will continue to aggressively prosecute these cases.” The email also described the nature of the “game,” which was also referred to as a “challenge” to conduct criminal activity.

Jones, who is responsible for overseeing the agency’ school resource officers, said Monday police had issued multiple court summons for male students in relation to the investigation.

Sexual battery is a misdemeanor under Wyoming law. It’s punishable by imprisonment for up to a year and a fine of up to $1,000.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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