kent county health dept sexting comic cover 020912 20120209173324 640 480Sexting is sending sexually explicit text or photographs from mobile devices.  Sexting can lead to embarassment and can also be a felony in Illinois.

Do not send a sexually provocative picture of yourself to another person.  Once the photograph is sent, it can't be taken back.  That picture can surface in a number of ways or be shared by the person you sent it to without your knowledge.  Many times photos are shared between a girlfriend or a boyfriend, but what if the relationship doesn't last. 

In 2010, Gov Pat Quinn signed into a law a new state statue that would be a less of a punishment for those under 18 years of age. However, the law is very specific and only incorporates the sending of pictures.  Mere possession of child pornography can still be charged as a felony and require the person to register as a sex offender for up to 10 years.

If you receive sexually explicity photos of someone you know to be under 18 years of age, delete them immediately.  Notify the sender that the pictures are of a child and should be deleted immediatley. If they continue to send you pictures, notify the proper authorities.  If you forward the picture to someone else, you can also be charged with a crime!

Sexting: How Teens Can Stay Safe

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Kent County, MI, Comic Book for Teens on Sexting - "Message Sent"

Illinois State Law for Sexting

Illinois State Law for Child Pornography

Missing Child Alerts

The Lincoln Police Department has partnered with A Child Is Missing program.  This system utilizes home phone numbers, cell phone numbers, email addresses, and even Facebook updates.  The program works best if you signup online with their website for alerts.  Your information is kept private and is only used for alerts.

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The Lincoln Police Department now utilizes Appriss for collecting traffic crash information and submitting to the State of Illinois. Appriss provides for those involved with the crash to receive copies of reports.

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Freedom of Information Act

 Illinois Freedom of Information Act

To request information from the Lincoln Police Department please fill out and sign the Freedom of Informaiton Act form below and send to the Lincoln Police Department at 911 Pekin St, Lincoln, IL, 62656, or fax to 217-732-4589.

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Illinois Attorney General's Office

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Lincoln Police Department

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656
ph 217.732.2151 fax 217.732.4589