University student ‘set up fake account to threaten herself’ on Facebook


University of Wyoming investigators traced a sexually, potentially threatening online Facebook comment to the personal computer of a former student who was the supposed victim object of the attack, according to court documents, the Herald Sun reports. Meghan Lanker-Simons, a vocal advocate for liberal causes, was the target of the graphic comment posted to the UW Crushes Facebook page that was written to appear as if it were authored by a conservative Republican. The posting raised an outcry to find the author of the post and spurred a rally against sexual violence in which Ms Lanker-Simons participated. But UW police said Ms Lanker-Simons authored the comment herself. She has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with police. The Laramie Boomerang reports her attorneys are seeking to exclude evidence obtained by police, which prosecutors are resisting.

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