Teenagers charged in sexting case

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published January 7, 2015


MACOMB COUNTY — Three 17-year-old L’Anse Creuse High School North students have been charged with photographing a minor female engaged in a sex act and distributing the image on social media, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham stated that the three Chesterfield Township male teens were arraigned on Jan. 6 at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township.

Ryan Anthony Modaffare has been charged with distributing or promoting child sexual abusive activity, a 7-year felony; Gregory Alan Kwapik has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony; and Nicholas Gene Kelly has been charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct (15 years) and distributing and or promoting child sexual abusive activity (7 years).

Bonds were set at $100,000 personal bond for each. Their next court date is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20.

According to the investigator’s report, sometime “around Thanksgiving,” four male teens went to the home of a 15-year-old female student in Macomb Township. While there, two of the male students engaged in a sexual act with the girl.

Investigators say a third male student took a photograph while one of the sexual acts was taking place. That student then sent the photo to others, and it was eventually posted on one of the defendant’s social media accounts, investigators say. No charges are pending for the fourth teen.

The photograph was eventually discovered by another L’Anse Creuse student who reported it to school officials who then contacted the sheriff’s office.

L’Anse Creuse Superintendent Jackie Johnston issued a statement regarding the charges: “We are deeply saddened for all those involved,” she said. “While the alleged incident did not occur on district property or during school hours, we understand the impact on our school community. As always, student safety is our number one priority and we have staff available for students needing support during this difficult time.”

Kelly Allen, director for L’Anse Creuse’s Public and Community Relations Department, said district officials are not able to give details on student discipline, however the students charged “will not be at school until we have finalized our investigation.”

Kwapik’s attorney Timothy Doty, Modaffare’s attorney Roy Gruenburg, and Kelly’s attorney Michael Sharpe did not return calls seeking comment as of the morning of Jan. 7.