What’s in the water in St. Charles County?
You’ll recall that’s where Lori Drew was was indicted in a cyber bullying case related to the November 2006 suicide of teenager Megan Meier. The case, publicity and resulting legal responses have been a frequent topic here.
Now, another grown-up is facing felony harassment charges for allegedly placing a Craigslist “casual encounters” ad in the name of a teen ge girl. The ad, which included the child’s photo, phone number, and e-mail address, elicited exactly the kind of emails and text messages you might imagine.
Elizabeth Thrasher, 40, allegedly created the fake personal ad after the 17-year-old girl (whose mother is dating Thrasher’s ex) posted about her on MySpace. The charge of harassment seems non-controversial, and its likely to result in a more mundane prosecution than the federal hacking charges that were eventually brought against Drew.
If only the courts could exercise some prior restraint and keep the moms of St. Charles County, Missouri, from mixing it up with the kids on MySpace.