Issaquah girls, 11 and 12, could face cyberstalking charge

April 21, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2:35 p.m. April 21, 2011

Facebook posts could land a pair of Issaquah girls in court, the Issaquah Police Department announced Thursday afternoon.

The police department responded to a report of harassment March 18 from the mother of another 12-year-old girl. The mother said someone had accessed her daughter’s Facebook page and posted sexually explicit photos and messages.

Investigators recommended cyberstalking and second-degree computer trespass charges against the girls, and referred the case to King County Juvenile Court.

Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the agency could not release additional information about the investigation.

Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said the office is due to make a decision on charges for the girls within the next week. The suspects have not been arrested or booked.

The mother of the girl targeted on Facebook also filed for a civil anti-harassment order in King County Superior Court — a matter handled separately from the criminal case — late last month, court records show.

“I think you could definitely say there’s more cyberbullying going on,” Goodhew said. “That’s not to say that bullying didn’t occur before, it’s just that it takes a different form now, whether it’s in text messages or emails or Facebook or Twitter. It’s easier for people to post things anonymously.”

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3 Responses to “Issaquah girls, 11 and 12, could face cyberstalking charge”

  1. t on April 23rd, 2011 9:44 am

    Why do kids this young need a facebook page?

  2. Tara Cote on April 23rd, 2011 7:10 pm

    Little Leslie is the youngest to be the target of a vicious, violent and pornographic cyberbullying attack, which was unbelievably carried out by 11 & 12 year old classmates from School on Facebook. Both girls Hacked into her account and soliciate Sex to Minors and Adults while giving out private home address and Cell phone numbers while impersonating Leslie. Her Battle to stop the Bullying online or at School was on CNN with Dr. Drew and Inside Edition.

    Please lend your support to my daughter. Please read the FOR LESLIE Facebook page and then click “like” to show your support. Leslie and her family and friends are campaigning for tougher anti-bullying

  3. H on April 24th, 2011 9:24 am

    I can not believe children this young were allowed to have facebooks without being monitored by their parents, both the victim and the other two girls in this case should have NOT had facebook pages to begin with.

    It does not take very much to go into a facebook and let your friends/family know that this was not them that posted such material.

    Why can’t parent’s police their own children? Why is it that this day in age there is no accountability? Why do people have to keep running to the police department for every little thing.

    I understand cyber bullying is becoming an issue in some situations but some things are getting just flat out blown out of proportion. If you can’t take the time and sit down with the parents of other children and fix this without police involvement I wonder what kind of parents these people really are.

    Not to mention the fact that this is getting plastered all over the media every where drawing more attention to the poor girl. I also understand bringing attention to an issue. But it makes me wonder if the parents are just wanting the attention rather than confronting the actual issue and are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

    I feel really bad for all the children involved. I blame the parents not the children. If adults would start acting like adults and being parents we’d have less of this issue.

    Children do not need cell phones and they do not need facebooks, they need to go outside and be kids.

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