St. Peters woman charged with felony harassment for fake Craigslist post:
40-year-old Elizabeth A. Thrasher of St. Peters, Missouri was charged with felony harassment charges after she allegedly posted a harassing craigslist ad aimed at a 17-year-old girl.
The ad was placed in the casual encounters section of craigslist and was allegedly sexually suggestive and listed the girls picture, cell phone number, her place of employment and e-mail address. The girl is the daughter of a woman who Thrasher’s ex-husband is dating. The girl received text messages, emails, and porn sent to her cell phone by the *ahem* suitors.
Thrasher is being charged under Missouri’s cyberbullying statute which was instituted after 13-year-old Megan Meier was humiliated into suicide by neighbor Lori Drew. Luckily this victim didn’t kill herself.
With as much attention this will no doubt receive in the press I wouldn’t be surprised if craigslist’s casual encounters section would be the next part of the site to feel the heat from politicians.
Thrasher’s attorney tried to downplay the situation…
Mike Kielty, Thrasher’s attorney, said prosecutors might not be able to meet the burden of proof under the statute. He also said the statute itself was poorly written. “This is just crazy that somebody can get arrested and charged with a felony for some behavior that’s so innocuous,” he said.
Innocuous may just be the understatement of the year. This girl could have been raped or worse.
Thanks to my lovely and talented wife Jade for the tip.