The UW-Madison Police Department sent an officer on the road with the University of Wisconsin volleyball team after personal photos and videos of players were circulated online in October.
There was no specific incident or threat that triggered the extra security resources, said UWPD Communications Executive Mark Lovicott.
“Our presence on the road with the volleyball team is out of an abundance of caution,” Lovecutt said.
A UWPD officer has occasionally accompanied the team in previous seasons, but mostly during the postseason. The athletic department requested the details because of the incident in October, Lovecutt said.
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He said the UWPD investigation into the sharing of images and videos captured by a team member’s phone is ongoing. A UW statement in October said police were investigating the situation for “multiple crimes.” No members of the volleyball team have been charged with wrongdoing, according to the school.
The investigation was expected to be lengthy, Lovicot said in October, because of the complexities involved in identifying those involved in potential Internet crimes.
The UW denounced the “unauthorized sharing” of the images and video, some of which contained nudity, as a “significant and wrongful invasion of student-athletes’ privacy” in an Oct. 19 statement.
The catcher said UWPD and the athletic department had discussed an increased level of security on trips before the incident because of the team’s success and notoriety.
Officers regularly accompany some Badgers teams on trips, Lovecutt said, and the athletic department pays for travel expenses and work hours.
An athletic department spokesman declined to comment on whether any other security measures were added after the photos and videos were released.
The third-ranked Badgers are scheduled to finish the regular season with games Friday at Nebraska and Saturday at Ohio State.
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