*Story Updated 4/4/2022 @ 9:59am to add 9-1-1- Call*
We ran a story Monday night about Kenosha school board candidate Samuel Roochnik that was published at 9:32pm. It was titled Cunnilingus, The Communist Manifesto, and Sex Work : Second Social Media Account Of School Board Candidate Discovered. It highlighted posts Roochnik made on an alias account about “eating pussy,” reading and agreeing in part with “The Communist Manifesto,” and Roochnik’s desire to legalize sex work. Although it was written with very little editorializing, it made Roochnik very angry. It also alarmed many taxpayers.
About 24 hours later, Roochnik would call the Sheriff’s department to complain about KCE and people who shared the article. A deputy arrived to Roochnik’s Somers home at about 10:28pm. Roochnik quickly showed the deputy the article and Facebook posts on his phone saying, “I’m reporting it because it might be a sex crime. The article quotes me in the past when I was younger. That’s not the issue. The issue is that he’s putting the word ‘Cunnilingus’ on a photo of fucking kids!” Roochnik is referring to a man who posted a link to our article as a comment on a post that Roochnik made about a youth-led school board candidate forum.
Roochnik argued to the deputy that since the man commented on a post with kids’ photos on it, it was a sex crime. The Deputy didn’t know what cunnilingus was, so Roochnik had to explain it to him. “First off, is it a crime? I don’t want to take up your time. And so I’m so sorry, I’m really emotional. I’ve been dealing with this shit all day. ” said Roochnik to the Deputy. “It’s not,” the deputy responded without hesitation. “It wasn’t an issue until he put words of a pornographic sex act, eating a woman out, on a photo with kids!……I’m OK with the political repercussions of an [internet], troll, but if he’s posting ‘eating out a woman’, ‘licking her vagina’ and eating her fucking pussy, on a fucking photo of kids!” Roochnik then stated. “Again, the hit piece is not the issue here, the issue, the word with the kids. If it had a different headline, I would not be concerned. I would take that political hit.”
The deputy then scrolls through messages between Roochnik and a man. “We all have things in our past – posts and stuff like that ya know, that we’re not proud of,” said the deputy. “It’s a scientific word.”
Roochnik then asks the deputy to call his supervisor, which he does happily. The supervisor ostensibly tells the deputy that there is nothing criminal there. The deputy then informs Roochnik that there is nothing he can do.
We reached out to the man who commented on Roochnik’s Facebook page, but he didn’t want to get involved, stating “that Roochnik is crazy.”
This story doesn’t end here. At about 1am, Roochnik texted the editor of KCE, who was asleep. Roochnik then calls the Sheriff’s Department and asks to talk to the shift commander. The Shift Commander was also unfamiliar with the word ‘cunnilingus’. Roochnik explained the meaning to the Sgt. as well. At the end of the day, the Sheriff’s department came to the obvious conclusion: there is nothing illegal about sharing a news story on social media…..yet.