In an email to the Lawrence University community on Thursday, March 17, Vice President for Student Affairs Nancy Truesdell wrote that a Lawrence student was arrested on March 15 as part of a “felony criminal investigation.” She relayed assurances from the Appleton Police Department that the campus community is not endangered by the felony charge under investigation.
According to information published on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access system, Thomas Skoog has been charged with five counts of “possession of child pornography.” There will be a preliminary hearing on Thursday, March 24.
While Truesdell reported that the arrested student has been suspended “pending the outcome of the criminal court case,” she did not name them and stated that Lawrence administrators will refrain from making additional statements till the investigation becomes public.
The Lawrentian has been following the story and will keep the community up to date with any information. Some members of the administration were either unavailable or refused to comment. However, The Lawrentian is following up with further officials about this investigation as well as any prior violations committed by the arrested student.