We just want to protect everybody involved.”Glander and Nguyen say when teens and parents are investigated for these issues, they are typically shocked and don’t understand what the law is.Other times, parents just need a little ammunition to maintain a strong stance as they put their foot down on saying “no” to their teens in what can be an emotional situation.We're not identifying the therapist, because he was never investigated or charged with failure to report.We're not identifying the parents, because it would inadvertently identify the alleged minor victim."So [the therapist] goes, ' Had I known she was a substitute, I would've reported it'," the boy's father told investigators of his conversation with the therapist.Miller says he typically tries to avoid that, though, unless there is reason to think otherwise.“On several cases in the past, we’ve had an independent evaluator question the people involved and give an opinion as to whether or not they believe the person is a risk and should be required to register,” said Miller, who says the court does take into consideration whether or not each case is an isolated incident with one particular underage teen or if there is a history or pattern there.Sexting One might think that tech-savvy teenagers would understand the gravity of sending nude or inappropriate photos of themselves to others, and yet investigators in Becker County say it happens all the time.
For so many, the whole world of teen dating can seem like a gray area of what is right, what is wrong and what is too young.
The teen's father acknowledged that uncertainty saying, "I wasn't thinking criminal either, because I was thinking the whole time that this sucks because [he] was 16.
But after we met with [the therapist], that's when it hit me, I was like, ' Well, she subs over there,' and that puts her in a position of authority."According to investigative records, the relationship went unreported to law enforcement until the school's principal caught wind of a rumor about inappropriate texts that October.
That detail was something the teen's therapist was not aware of when the 16-year-old disclosed the relationship in August 2015.
The boy's father relayed as much to investigators in an interview, according to transcripts and audio recordings in the investigative file.