Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in online harassment of teen

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Mom talks about verdict in online hoax case: there is justice, but no closure

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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