Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in online harassment of teenPosted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A jury has convicted a Missouri woman of
three minor offenses for her role in an Internet hoax that
apparently drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.
The Los Angeles federal court jury on Wednesday rejected felony
charges of accessing a computer without authorization to inflict
emotional distress on young Megan Meier.
However, the jury found defendant Lori Drew guilty of three
counts of the lesser offense of accessing a computer without
authorization. Each count is punishable by up to one year in prison
and a $100,000 fine.
The jurors could not reach a verdict on a conspiracy count. The
disposition of that count was not immediately clear.
Prosecutors said Drew violated the MySpace terms of service by
conspiring with her young daughter and a business assistant to
create a fictitious profile of a teen boy on the MySpace social
networking site to harass Megan.
Megan, who had been treated for depression, hanged herself with
a belt in her bedroom closet in 2006 after receiving a message
saying the world would be better without her.
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