Suspect Charged for Threatening Rehtaeh Parson’s Father

The father of Rehteah Parsons, a Halifax teen who committed suicide after leaving a video note last April, has affirmed that he was victimized by online death threats from one of the men charged in connection with his daughter’s case. According to a statement issued by Halifax police on Saturday, a 19-year-old suspect has been taken in custody from Eastern Passage, N.S., and charged with one count of uttering death threats and criminal harassment following a complaint from a 49-year-old man.

Even though the police statement did not name either suspect or the victim, Parsons’ father, Glen Canning, confirmed that he was the victim of the alleged online attack, which took place last August. According to Mr. Canning, “the recent charges filed are in relation to a death threat I received last summer on my YouTube channel.” Furthermore, he wrote in a post on his blog on Saturday that “I am relieved this person has been identified and charged I do think it’s sad someone so young has made such a mess out of their life and chosen to lash out in such a way.”

According to Halifax Regional Police and RCMP, the investigation has led to the arrest a 19-year-old man in Eastern Passage, N.S., on Thursday evening. Police mentioned that “on Aug. 2, 2013, police received a complaint from a 49-year-old male who was threatened online” and “threats from the suspect were posted underneath a YouTube video posted in August by the victim. Other threats were made via another side called WordPress.”

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