Several teens were charged Thursday with cyber bullying for incidents that allegedly took place on social networking sites.
The charges stem from three separate events related to three juvenile victims, according to an Alamance County Sheriff’s Office news release.
In November, one of the juvenile’s mothers contacted the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office to report that her 13-year-old daughter was being cyber bullied, according to a warrant obtained Feb. 6 to search Facebook accounts and to trace Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.
According to search warrants, someone allegedly created an Instagram account, which is an iPhone application used for sharing photos with others, in the victim’s name and used photos taken from her Facebook page to do it.
A fake Facebook page also was allegedly created using the victim’s name. There was a photo of the victim in a “bra and panties” posted on the fake Facebook page, according to the search warrant.
The Sheriff’s Office charged Robert Bishop, 16, of Walking Stick Lane, Liberty, Ed Wayne Hall, 16, of Nature Lane, Haw River and Kirsten Taylor Florence, 16, of N.C. 87 South, Graham, with one count of cyber bullying. Joshua Shane Allen, 17, of Culberson Lane, Haw River, was charged with two counts of cyber bullying. Casey Nan Loy, 18, of Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road, Graham, was served with a criminal summons charging Loy with one count of cyber bullying.
Florence, Hall, Allen and Bishop were placed under $2,500 secured bond.
Investigators also are seeking a petition against a juvenile, who is younger than 16, on two counts of cyber bullying.
The investigation is continuing and there is an additional arrest pending.