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Boyceville man charged with identity theft and posting sexually explicit images on Facebook

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A 37-year-old Boyceville man has been charged in Dunn County with misappropriating identification and posting sexually explicit images on Facebook.

Joshua L. Arbuckle made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court February 28 before Judge Rod Smeltzer on one felony count of misappropriating identification to harm the reputation of another, two misdemeanor counts of posting private images without consent and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping with a domestic abuse modifier.

According to the criminal complaint, on February 25, a woman reported to Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin that Arbuckle had hacked her Facebook account and had posted sexually explicit photographs of the woman. Several short videos had been posted as well.

The woman said Arbuckle was the only person who had access to the videos, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Arbuckle signed a $500 signature bond in December of 2018 with the condition of no abusive contact with the woman. On February 1, Arbuckle signed a $1,000 signature bond with the condition of no contact with the woman or with a Colfax address on county Road G.

When Police Chief Lamkin arrested Arbuckle on February 25, Arbuckle said he could not have posted the messages on Facebook because he starts work at 7 a.m. Police Chief Lamkin noted the messages had been posted between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. February 15, according to the complaint.

Identify theft causing harm to a reputation is a Class H felony that carries a penalty, upon conviction, of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to six years in prison.

Posting or publishing a sexually explicit images without consent and misdemeanor bail jumping are Class A misdemeanors that carry a penalty, upon conviction, of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to nine months in prison on each count.

The domestic abuse modifier includes, upon conviction, an assessment of $100 for each count.

Judge Smeltzer set a bail at $200 cash February 27 in the most recent Dunn County case and ordered Arbuckle to have no contact with the woman and also to have no access to the Internet or electronic devices.

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