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Missouri woman charged in cyber-bully case

Elizabeth Thrasher faces harassment charges after allegedly posting pictures of a teen in the 'casual encounters' section of Craigslist.

August 19, 2009|Associated Press

ST. PETERS, MO. — A Missouri woman is accused of cyber-bullying for allegedly posting photos and personal information of a teenage girl on the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist after an Internet argument.

Prosecutors said Elizabeth A. Thrasher put the 17-year-old's picture, e-mail address and cellphone number on the website in a posting that suggested the girl was seeking a sexual encounter.

St. Charles County police said the victim was the daughter of Thrasher's ex-husband's girlfriend. The girl received lewd messages and photographs from men she didn't know and contacted police.

Thrasher is the first person charged with felony harassment in St. Charles County under a law passed in Missouri after the 2006 suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier, who was the victim of an Internet hoax in a nearby community that drew international attention.

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