16.27 UNLAWFUL USE OF TELEPHONE AND COMPUTERIZED COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS.

(1)    Telephone. Whoever does any of the following shall be, upon conviction, subject to a forfeiture presented in the Uniform Fines and Penalty Schedule of this chapter:

(a)    With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass, makes a telephone call and threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to any person or the property of any person.

(b)    With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, harass or offend, telephones another and uses any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggests any lewd or lascivious act.

(c)    Makes or causes the telephone of another repeatedly to ring, with intent to harass any person at the called number.

(d)    Makes repeated telephone calls, whether or not conversation ensues, with intent solely to harass any person at the called number.

(e)    Makes a telephone call, whether or not conversation ensues, without disclosing his/her identity and with intent to abuse, threaten or harass any person at the called number.

(f)    Knowingly permits any telephone under his or her control to be used for any purpose prohibited by this section.

(2)    Computerized Communication Systems.

(a)    “Message” is defined in this section as any transfer of signs, signals, writing, text, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature, or any transfer of a computer program as defined in Section 943.70(1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes as from time to time amended or renumbered.

(b)    Whoever does any of the following shall be, upon conviction, subject to a forfeiture presented in the Uniform Fines and Penalty Schedule of this chapter:

1.    With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, annoy, offend, or harass another person, sends a message to a person or with a reasonable expectation that the person will receive the message on an electronic mail or other similar computerized communication system including a smartphone, and in that message threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to any person or the property of any person.

2.    With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, annoy, offend, or harass another person, sends a message on an electronic mail or other similar computerized communication system including a smartphone to the person or with a reasonable expectation that the person will receive the message and in that message use any obscene, lewd or profane language, or suggest any lewd or lascivious act.

3.    With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, annoy, offend, or harass another person, sends a message to the person or with a reasonable expectation that the person will receive the message on a device capable of receiving electronic mail while intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent the disclosure of his or her own identity.

4.    With intent solely to harass or annoy another person, sends repeated messages to the person or with the reasonable expectation that the person will receive the messages on a device capable of receiving electronic mail.

5.    With intent to harass or annoy another person, sends a message to the person or with the reasonable expectation that the person will receive the message on a device capable of receiving electronic mail while intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent the disclosure of his or her identity.

6.    Knowingly permit or direct another person to send a message prohibited by this section from any computer terminal or similar device that is used to send messages on an electronic mail or other similar computerized communication system that is under his or her control. (Ord. 14-03)