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.


Filed under: Canada • Crime
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  1. BOMBO

    This will be an interesting case. They'll prosecute two 18 year olds for something they did when they were 16 to a 15 year old. Will they face the penalties of adults? Hopefully.

    August 9, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Well personally, i hope they get the maximum sentence possible, either way!

    August 9, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    They need to learn which head god intended them to THINK with!!!!

    August 9, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Corrupt minds and violence is what we have been witnessing in in some high profile cases recently, to the extent of extreme evil. The victims, always mostly females (perhaps have always been).
    They would be sentenced and then some more would surface.
    But then perhaps I seek gloom "which makes me happy" as one blogger said.

    August 9, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Nevertheless Good morning everyone.

    August 9, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    Things that kids do today in school and on school buses, are not new in one way. In the late 60s and early 70s, I witnessed kids being assaulted and was myself. Nobody cared back then.

    August 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Same here @ Dan. But we DO care dont we? After my life experiences i will ALWAYS be a strong advocate against harming ANY child in ANY way!

    August 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    This is a wholly awful case. That poor girl...may these animals be put down.

    August 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    And good afternoon to you @ saywhat. And dont you believe that for one second! You are a decent human being and always respectful, one of the things i admire most about you. I read that post and it was made by the jacker so just consider the source and file 13 it forever!

    August 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    uhmmm, when ate they gonna charged them for wape???

    August 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You know, that's a very good question, unless they figure they can't prosecute because it's a he said/she said thing, and the poor girl is dead. Bleh.

      August 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rupert

      Sure thing there Rastus Rabble

      August 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Yea except the perps posted pics of the incident online it says.

    August 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sure, but very nasty lawyers can still claim it was (yuck) consensual; it's been done before. Blame the victim who can no longer speak for themselves...because they posted the pictures is likely why they were charged with what they were in the first place.

      August 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    Fry em!

    August 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Prosecute the parents,they raised these little twerps.

    August 10, 2013 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol @ rupert. Rastus?? Who is that?

    August 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • namedujour

      IIt's an insult. Google it.

      August 25, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Snorky Neederecker

    They need to make an example of these two. Maximum penalty!

    August 26, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
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