Missouri Begins Cyberbullying Prosecutions
The law has only been in effect for three months, and according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, seven individuals have been charged in cyberbullying cases.'
- Nicole Williams, 21, is charged with misdemeanor harassment, accused of sending harassing text messages to a 16-year-old girl and letting friends use her cell phone to leave threatening voice messages, including threats of rape. The heart of the disagreement? Jealousy over a boy.
- In separate cases, two St. Louis men were charged in November of sending numerous harassing text messages to their ex-girlfriends.
- A man protesting a proposed resort was accused in September of sending a threatening e-mail to Wildwood City Hall.
- A 28-year-old woman was accused in September of sending harassing text messages to her ex-husband's girlfriend.
- A 19-year-old Belleville man sent at least 17 text messages to his mother's husband, who lives in Troy, Mo.
- A 17-year-old was charged in October with writing death threats in text messages to a classmate in another case involving jealousy, over a girl.
You'll recall that Lori Drew, the adult involved in the Megan Meier case, was convicted of three misdemeanors in a federal case using an anti-hacking law, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. She was found innocent of felony charges. She is expected to appeal.