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article imageHalifax teen charged with threatening Rahtaeh Parsons' father

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 20, 2014 in Crime
Halifax - One of the two teens who face child pornography charges in relation to Rahtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old who committed suicide after pictures of her allegedly being sexually assaulted were circulated, is now charged with threatening to kill her father.
The 19-year-old man was arrested at his home Thursday. Police will neither release the man's name nor the name of his victim, other than to say it was a 49-year-old man.
Police also seized a computer and electronic storage devices at the teen's home. The 19-year-old faces charges of uttering death threats and criminal harassment.
Yesterday, Glen Canning, the father of Rahtaeh Parsons, said the charges related to him and the teen was one of the two teens currently facing child pornography charges in relation to his daughter. Canning said, " They [the police] called me Thursday night and mentioned that charges were filed in relation to the online threats that I had received.
As Digital Journal reported, early last August two teens were arrested by the Halifax Integrated Sexual Assault Investigation Team, composed of members of the Halifax Regional Police and the RCMP. Both teens now face charges of distributing child pornography. One of the youths faces an additional charge of making child pornography.
The arrests were made four months after Parsons, 17, killed herself. She claimed she was raped at a party in November 2011 and a picture of the sexual assault was taken and distributed online. The picture was widely circulated, leading to Parsons being constantly bullied. The bullying led Parsons to take her own life.
After November 2011, police conducted a year-long investigation and concluded there were no grounds for criminal charges. The cyberbulling and subsequent suicide of Parsons was reported worldwide and public pressure led police to re-open the investigation.
On Aug. 2, 2013, days before the arrest was made, the following was posted on a YouTube channel created by Canning: I know where you live, I know your face, I know your car, I know your house, I know where you work. And you better shut up, bud, or you're going to be joining your daughter.
RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae explained why the investigation into the threats took so long. He said, "We had to work with international policing partners and of course get the warrants executed at the online sites, and the response from those social media sites played a role in the timeline in this investigation."
Of the length of time the investigation took, Canning said, "Hopefully social media companies are learning to be more responsive to police requests for information and in the future response times will be much shorter."
In response to the threats against his life, Canning said, "When you put it in context of who's making these comments, I just shake my head. Honestly. Holy God. Someone so young making that sort of choice in their life, he's just never going to be able to get past it."
The 19-year-old is scheduled to appear in court on May 20.
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