Woman convicted MySpace misidentification that lead to a teen's suicide
A Missouri woman who posed as a 16-year-old boy and lead to the suicide of a teenage girl was found guilty of three misdemeanor charges on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.
Lori Drew, 49, of O'Fallon, Mo., posed as the boy to try and woo Megan Meier, 13, who was once a friend of her daughter, The New York Times reported.
In 2006 Drew sent Meier romantic messages while posing as a 16-year-old boy and then abruptly rejected Meier, leading to her suicide one hour after the message was read.
Prosecutors were unable to charge Drew with any counts of leading to the death, only with charges of misinterpreting herself on the internet based on MySpace's terms of service.
The defense argued that nobody reads the terms of service and that anonymity and being able to create other identities on the internet can at times be useful.