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.”