Verdict in MySpace Suicide Case November 27, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in cyberbullying, cybercrime, stalking.
Tags: lori drew, megan meier, myspace
An American woman, accused of driving a teenage girl to suicide by bullying her on MySpace, has been cleared of one of the most serious charges against her.
Lori Drew, 49, was found not guilty of accessing a computer without authorisation to inflict emotional distress.
The jury failed to reach a verdict on another conspiracy charge.
She was convicted on three minor counts of violating the website’s terms and conditions.
Drew, from Missouri, was accused of posing as a boy on MySpace to befriend 13-year-old Megan Meier, who hanged herself after their virtual relationship ended.
The court in Los Angeles heard that Lori Drew was aware Megan suffered from depression and was emotionally fragile.
The case is the first in the US relating to cyber-bullying.
Lori Drew could receive up to three years in prison when she is sentenced.
She would have faced a maximum 20 years if convicted of the more serious felony charges.