US seeks jail for cyberbully January 18, 2011Posted by jefhenninger in News.
Prosecutors are seeking jail time for a New Jersey man who admits he bullied a teen online over lewd photos, in hopes the teen would commit suicide. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia compare the case to the Rutgers University student who killed himself after his gay sexual encounter was posted online. Twenty-year-old defendant Matthew Bean of Bergenfield had never met his intended victim. Bean learned of him online, years after the teen had posted sexually graphic images of himself. Bean belonged to an unnamed online group that worked to identify the teen.
Bean admits that he forwarded the images to the teen’s school in eastern Pennsylvania. Luckily however, the teen did not commit suicide. His defense lawyer says Bean committed the crime with a few clicks of the computer and so he will seek probation at Tuesday’s sentencing. I sure hope that isn’t what he hopes to hang his hat on. I would go with some type of mental health issue to excuse his conduct. The Rutgers case doesn’t really help him here of course.
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