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Review into police and Crown handling of Rehtaeh Parsons case to be released

Rehtaeh Parsons is shown in a handout photo from the Facebook tribute page "Angel Rehtaeh."
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October 08, 2015 - 6:59 AM

HALIFAX - An independent review into the actions of police and Nova Scotia's Public Prosecution Service in the Rehtaeh Parsons case will be released today.

The provincial government ordered the review in August 2013, but it was delayed until legal proceedings involving two men charged in the Parsons' case concluded.

Murray Segal, a former Ontario chief prosecutor, was appointed to conduct the review.

The young woman's family alleged she was sexually assaulted in November 2011 when she was 15 and bullied after a digital photo of the alleged assault was passed around her school.

Parsons was taken off life-support after attempting suicide in 2013.

Police said they looked into the allegations of sexual assault and an inappropriate photo, but concluded there weren't enough grounds to lay charges after consulting with the prosecution service.

The child pornography charges were laid after Parsons died.

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty last November to distributing a sexually graphic image of Parsons. Another 20-year-old man later pleaded guilty to making child pornography by taking a photo of the accused having sex with Parsons.

Both men were youths at the time of the offences and were charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which means they cannot be identified.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
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