Flirting app banned after alleged child sex assaults
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HALES CORNERS- The makers of a smartphone app for amorous strangers have shut down access to minors after reports of three child sex assaults were linked to the service, including one alleged assault in Milwaukee County.
Daniel R. Schmidt of Waukesha was charged June 4 with second-degree sexual assault of a child for allegedly engaging in a sex act with a 13-year-old boy he met on the Skout "flirting" app.
Prosecutors say Schmidt, 21, picked up the boy in Muskego on June 2 and took him to Hales Corners Park.
Police responded to a call from a witness who claimed the Schmidt and the minor were engaging in a sexual act.
The Hales Corners case is the latest incident of alleged child sex assault connected to Skout.
Police in Ohio and California are investigating similar claims of adults connecting with children for sex through the app.
In the local case, prosecutors allege Schmidt entered an under-18 section of Skout by preparing an online profile that presented himself as 16.
Schmidt then convinced the victim to send him a nude photo, according to the criminal complaint.
The two then agreed to meet.
Skout's founder told the New York Times he had no choice but to suspend the service to everyone under the age of consent.
"I'm disgusted by what's happened here," Christian Wiklund told the Times.
Schmidt could face 40 years in prison if convicted.