Girl, 12, receives suspended sentence for Facebook cyberstalking
July 13, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11:35 a.m. July 13, 2011
A 12-year-old Issaquah girl received a six-month suspended sentence for cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing charges Wednesday for posting explicit messages and photos on a classmate’s Facebook page.
The sentence also includes 20 hours of community service, and adult supervision for all computer access. The court also ordered the girl to write a letter of apology to the girl targeted in the incident.
If she completes all conditions of the deferred sentence and stays out of trouble for six months, the court intends to dismiss the charges.
Prosecutors said the girl and a classmate, 11, posted explicit photos and sent solicitations for sex from the account for Issaquah Middle School student Leslie Cote. The incident attracted national attention to cyberbullying, and led to a “Today” appearance for Leslie.
Earlier in July, the Juvenile Court Diversion Committee ordered the 11-year-old girl to complete community service. If she completes the service, the court intends to dismiss the charges against her, too.
The Issaquah Press usually does not name defendants age 12 or younger.
On the same day Issaquah Middle School students received a lesson in online security, May 10, the 12-year-old girl pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The lewd messages and photos started appearing on 12-year-old Leslie’s Facebook page at about 3 p.m. March 18.
Investigators said someone scrawled the phrase “I’m a slut” across a photo of the then-sixth-grader and used the site’s instant messaging service to proposition boys for sexual acts.
Officers arrested a pair of Issaquah girls, ages 11 and 12, for the R-rated prank hours later.