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Lori Drew, the Missouri mother who posed on MySpace as ‘Josh’, a 16-year-old boy, drawing 13-year-old Megan Meier into a fraudulent and faux relationship that ended tragically with Megan Meier taking her own life, has been named in a federal indictment and summoned to appear in US District Court in Los Angeles in June.
Megan killed herself after ‘Josh’, whom she truly believed to be a boy who was interested in her and who suddenly dumped her and told her that the world woudl be better off without her. Following this tragic event, we wrote in January here on the Internet Patrol how a Missouri grand jury was convened to determine whether Drew could be prosecuted for fraudulently using MySpace. The state of Missouri is now putting together legislation to criminalize any future cases where an adult uses online technology to harass a child, but they declined to file charges against Drew on the grounds that there were no current statutes under which a criminal case could be tried. It was at this point that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, who have jurisdiction over the district in which MySpace is based, stepped in.
Whatever the result at the conclusion of this legal process, whether Drew is acquitted or found guilty, and if the latter whatever sentence is passed down, nothing will bring Megan back, and that, readers, is the heartbreakingly tragic truth. Lori Drew played with fire, and it was Megan – and Megan’s poor family – who got so horribly burned.
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