August 9th, 2013
07:53 AM ET

2 charged in case of girl who hanged herself

Two 18-year-old men face child pornography charges in connection with the case of a 17-year-old girl who hanged herself after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied online, Canadian authorities said Thursday evening.

A police statement did not provide details, but the family of Rehtaeh Parsons has said she developed suicidal thoughts after she was sexually assaulted in 2011 and a picture of the incident was shared by phone and online.

The two men whose names were not released were arrested Thursday morning at their homes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Halifax Regional Police.

One man faces two counts of distribution of child pornography, authorities said. The other is accused of one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of making child pornography.

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  1. writingmomma

    I really don't understand the laws in this country. In one place, there are two people charged for a girl hanging herself. Then in another case, there is a teacher given 30 days probation after raping a 14 year old girl and this poor child committed suicide. Shame on our judicial system!!! How do you people sleep at night?

    August 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tom

      Canada is not USA.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
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