After her daughter and Megan Meier had a fight, Lori Drew allegedly set up a MySpace account posing as a guy, “Josh”, to get close to Megan only to end up breaking her heart by sending her all sorts of cruel messages along with other people as well. The thing about this plan is that it all went sour when Megan took it all very seriously and committed suicide from it. The last message reported to have been received from “Josh” was telling Megan that the world would be a better place without her. The 13 year old girl was found later that afternoon after she apparently hung herself in October 2006.

Drew has plead not guilty after a grand jury indicted her under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, used in cases in which hackers gain access to information stored on protected computers. She says she is not guilty of conspiracy and accessing protected computers without authorization. Each of these counts would carry a minimum five year jail term if found guilty. This is the first time this statue will be used in a social networking case such as this according to Thomas P. O’Brien, the United States attorney in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors were unable to find any existing laws within the state of Missouri which they could charge Ms Drew with anything. Federal prosecutors from Los Angeles, where MySpace servers are located, have brought charges on her under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Drew entered her plea in front of Magistrate Judge Paul L. Abrams and her attorney told reporters that she would have no comments afterwards. Her bail was set for $20,000 and she was allowed to return to Missouri until her trial which is scheduled for June 29.

Jan Barrett

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