#1May 15th, 2008
Mom indicted in My Space suicide case
By Linda Deutsch, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
This handout shows self portrait shows Megan Meier, 13, who committed suicide after receiving cruel messages on MySpace. (AP)
LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a woman for her alleged role in perpetrating a hoax on the online social network MySpace against a 13-year-old neighbour girl who then committed suicide.
Lori Drew of Missouri was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.
Drew allegedly helped create a MySpace account on false premises to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans, who turned out not to exist.
Megan hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.
Drew has denied creating the account or sending messages to Megan.
MySpace is based in Beverly Hills, Calif. The indictment noted that MySpace computer servers are located in Los Angeles County.
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