St. Peters woman first person charged under new cyber harassment law -

St. Peters woman first person charged under new cyber harassment law

(KMOV) -- One woman is the first person in St. Charles County charged under the state's new cyber harassment law.

Investigators say 40 year old Elizabeth Thrasher targeted a 17 year old girl.

The law was passed in response to the suicide of Megan Meier.

Meier was the 13 year-old from Dardenne Prairie who killed herself after receiving Myspace messages from an account set up by Lori Drew.

The attorney in the new case calls the charge ridiculous.

Prosecutors and police have a different take.

According to court documents Thrasher posted an ad on Craigslist under the casual encounters section.

Police said Thrasher authored the ad but listed contact information for a 17 year old girl, including her place of employment, email address and cell phone number.

After the ad was posted charging documents say that teen received emails, text messages and even pornography from unknown men.

Thrashers attorney said the 17 year old is the daughter of Thrashers ex-husband's girlfriend.

Attorney Mike Kielty said the courts are simply trying to make an example out of his client, and he would like to bring this case in front of a jury.

Kielty said the only reason Thrasher is even being charged is because the alleged crime involves a computer.

He said if the same information was given out on a street corner or written on a bathroom wall there would be no charges.

It's a case News 4 will continue to follow.

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