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Issaquah tweens charged with cyberstalking

Paula Wissel/KPLU
Two girls, ages 11 and 12, are charged with a felony for allegedly hacking into a former friend's Facebook page.

Two pre-teen girls in King County have been charged with cyberstalking for allegedly posing as another girl on Facebook and posting sexually explicit pictures and messages.  If convicted of first degree computer trespass, the Middle School students face up to 30 days in juvenile detention.According to court documents, the Issaquah girls, ages 11 and 12, had a “falling out” with another Issaquah Middle School girl.  They allegedly accessed her Facebook page posted inappropriate and obscene material in her name.

In filing the charges, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said he hoped this case would remind kids that their actions on the Internet have consequences.

"This case reveals the dark side of social media sites used by young people. Many kids think that on a social media site their actions will be anonymous and that they are free to use it as a weapon to bully, harass and intimidate another person," Satterberg said in a press release.

The 12-year-old will be arraigned in juvenile court.  The 11-year-old, because of her age, will face a judge to determine whether she's mature enough to understand her actions were wrong.  State law presumes that children 8 to 11 are not capable of committing crimes.

Paula reports on groundbreaking legal decisions in Washington State and on trends in crime and law enforcement. She’s been at KNKX since 1989 and has covered the Law and Justice beat for the past 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.

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