ST. CHARLES, Mo. (CN) – A woman has become the first person charged under a new harassment law written in response to the MySpace suicide case. Police say Elizabeth A. Thrasher, 40, posted a fake, sexually suggestive ad under the “casual encounters” section of Craigslist in an attempt to humiliate a 17-year-old girl.
Thrasher, of St. Peters, is charged with felony harassment in a case with echoes of the nationally publicized case that happened just down the road.
Police say Thrasher posted the teen’s picture and the girl’s place of employment, e-mail address and cell phone number.
Prosecutors say the ad was in retaliation for a message the girl sent to Thrasher regarding Thrasher’s deteriorating relationship with the girl’s mother.
Missouri’s cyber-harassment law came in response to the MySpace suicide case, which happened just miles from where Thrasher lives.
In that case, 13-year-old Megan Meier hanged herself after receiving hurtful messages from a fake MySpace account. The case received national headlines after an adult neighbor, Lori Drew, was accused of being linked to the fake account. A Los Angeles federal jury found Drew guilty of four misdemeanors, but a judge acquitted her.