Child porn charges in Canadian cyber-bullying case

Police in Canada have charged two men with distributing child pornography in the cyber-bullying case of Rehtaeh Parsons, who took her own life after a photo of her allegedly being raped was shared online.

A protester holds a picture of Rehtaeh Parsons, whose family say she was tormented after images of her being assaulted were shared online. Credit: Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan/Press Association

The 17-year-old was taken off life support after a suicide attempt in April. Her mother said a boy took a picture of the alleged assault on his phone in 2011, and that her daughter was relentlessly bullied after it was distributed on a number of social media sites.

Police initially concluded there were no grounds to charge anyone, but today said that two men had been charged: one with making and distributing child pornography, and one with two counts of distributing it. The men will not be identified as they were minors at the time of the alleged offence.

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