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Police in Rehtaeh Parsons case warn against vigilantism

08/09/2013 06:54 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT
Police in the Halifax region are warning that anyone who takes direct action against suspects in the Rehtaeh Parsons case will face legal consequences.

The Cole Harbour teen died in April, when her family took her off life support following an attempt on her life.

On Thursday, police charged two 18-year-old males with child pornography offences in the case.

They are scheduled to appear in youth court on Aug. 15. They cannot be identified because they were minors at the time of the alleged offences.

Rehtaeh Parsons's family said she was sexually assaulted by four boys at a party when she was 15, and then bullied when a picture of the attack was shared online.

Police said the evidence did not support sexual assault charges against the two men.

One faces two counts of distributing child pornography. Another is accused of making and distributing child pornography charges.

RCMP Chief Supt. Roland Wells said there will be consequences for those who take the law into their own hands.

“While people may feel they know the identity of the two accused, anyone who releases their names or other information that could identify them would be in breach of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and that person could face charges,” he said. "Similarly, we cannot and we will not tolerate vigilante actions against the accused."

Police had not interviewed any of the four accused before yesterday.

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