Pa. teen loses Facebook harassment charge appeal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court is upholding a teen girl’s conviction for harassment because she posted on Facebook that another girl had herpes.

Superior Court ruled Friday in the case of an 18-year-old Cedar Crest High School student who put up the untrue posting last year about a 15-year-old girl.

The defendant’s lawyer, Elizabeth Judd, says the posting, which also advised the younger girl to “stop spreading her legs like her mother,” was taken down after a short period of time.

Judd says the girl regrets the posting, and she’s considering an appeal.

Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold calls it “pretty much a textbook case of what you call cyber bullying.”

The appeal panel ruling says the posting was meant only to harass, annoy or alarm the victim.

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