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Tue April 26, 2011
Issaquah tweens charged with cyberstalking
Two pre-teen girls in King County have been charged with cyberstalking for allegedly posing as another girl on Facebook and posting sexually explicit pictures and messages. If convicted of first degree computer trespass, the Middle School students face up to 30 days in juvenile detention.
According to court documents, the Issaquah girls, ages 11 and 12, had a “falling out” with another Issaquah Middle School girl. They allegedly accessed her Facebook page posted inappropriate and obscene material in her name.
In filing the charges, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said he hoped this case would remind kids that their actions on the Internet have consequences.
"This case reveals the dark side of social media sites used by young people. Many kids think that on a social media site their actions will be anonymous and that they are free to use it as a weapon to bully, harass and intimidate another person," Satterberg said in a press release.
The 12-year-old will be arraigned in juvenile court. The 11-year-old, because of her age, will face a judge to determine whether she's mature enough to understand her actions were wrong. State law presumes that children 8 to 11 are not capable of committing crimes.