Lori Drew , a 49-year-old mother from Missouri, was indicted Thursday for allegedly creating a fake MySpace account to torment a 13-year-old girl, who later committed suicide.
Drew, allegedly created the false account to find out if Megan Meier , an ex-friend of her daughter's, was talking about her. Meier believed she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans, in reality Drew was allegedly pretending to be the boy.
After receiving cruel messages from Evans, including one that stated that the world would be better off without her, Meier hung herself at her home in October 2006. After the suicide, Drew is believed to have deleted the information for the account.
Drew maintains her innocence, saying she never created an account, or sent cruel messages to Meier.
For her alleged involvement, Drew is being charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to get information used to inflict emotional distress.
In the case Meier and MySpace are listed as victims.
On Good Morning America last month, 19-year-old Ashley Grills, an employee of Drew, stated that she created the false account for Drew, and wrote some of the messages to Meier. She also admitted to writing the message about the world being better off without her to try and end the relationship, because Grills thought the prank had gone too far.
Grills is not being charged.
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