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.

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3 Responses to “Girl, 12, receives suspended sentence for Facebook cyberstalking”

  1. Toby Barnett on July 13th, 2011 12:03 pm

    The internet has allowed these type of “behind the scene” crimes to flourish, and probably a lot of the time, unnoticed. It has also allowed for people to develop a backbone or feel as they can be overly vulgar because they are sitting behind a computer – just need to view YouTube comments to see that. Personally, I think the lack standards (now that I’m older) of watching children’s activities and the access to apps/sites make it all that much easier. Granted, kids will be kids and bullying has been around for eons but I guess it hurts more when it’s your kid being bullied. A good FB site for bullying is

  2. Todd on July 13th, 2011 9:13 pm

    What a shame that she was able to spend months inflicting damage to another young girl and she gets off with basically, community service? Then in 6 months she gets a clean record? A precedent should have been set to deter further activity but this rulling will not do that. All kids will do is point to this ruling and say 20 hrs of community service is nothing especially compared to a 40 hr work week. The judge missed the point and should have given her 200 hours of community service instead or better yet show her what a deliquent minor camp is all about. Both options are much better for this unrepentant 12yr old. Next year, we will have a new victim.

  3. bryan on July 14th, 2011 10:34 am

    it is horrible what has happened here, but I suspect that despite all our best intentions on bringing bullying to the fore and helping children to be given education about how to avoid bullying and how to be careful on social media, we will see more of these activities in the future, not less. Parents, detached from their children, and parents who talk on their cell phones while driving, need to step up their parenting skills and get involved in their children’s lives. Do you know what your child is looking at or doing on their computer or smart phone? If you don’t, you should!

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