St. Charles County prosecutor Jack Banas announced this morning that he's not filing criminal charges against anyone in the Megan Meier case. She's the 13-year-old girl who committed suicide last year after getting hoaxed on MySpace by the mother of a former friend (and, it turns out, others).
This afternoon on my KMOX show, Banas explained at length that there are conflicting statements about who did what, and questions about whether any of these actions rose to the level of a crime under Missouri law. He also revealed that an 18-year-old girl who assisted Lori Drew in designing the phony Josh Evans Myspace page and sending messages to Meier has been hospitalized under psychiatric care.
I also spoke with Detective Mike Bazzell (of the Alton PD High Tech Crimes Unit and a member of the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force) about the frustrations he faces in investigating online harassment cases, and whether laws can be written to truly deter anyone from engaging in cyber-bullying.