The Megan Meier story was such a sad one. A poor 13 year old girl committed suicide following taunts online. While Megan thought she was chatting with a 16 year old boy, she was in fact chatting with Lori Drew. Drew used the persona of Josh Evans to first befriend the young teen, and then increasingly became hostile in the exchanges.

Lori Drew of suburban St. Louis was indicted today on one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

Megan hung herself in her bedroom closet in October 2006, the fact that Lori Drew was the cause became public knowledge months ago. About the only surprise in this indictment is the length of time it has taken to bring it about.

Obviously indicting Lori Drew will not bring the little girl back, but this must be of some comfort to Megan’s family that justice will finally be served.

The conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, as does each count of accessing protected computers. While it is unlikely that Lori Drew will receive the maximum sentence, but it would seem more than likely that she will be spending some time behind bars.

Simon Barrett

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