Woman Accused of Fabricating Online Harassment

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Woman Accused of Fabricating Online Harassment

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - University of Wyoming police say investigators traced a sexually, potentially threatening online comment to the personal computer belonging to Meghan Lanker-Simons. In addition, a police affidavit says the computer was logged in under Lanker-Simons' user name when the comment was posted.

Lanker-Simons was the target of a graphic comment posted to the UW Crushes Facebook page that was written to appear as if it was authored by a conservative Republican. Lanker-Simons is a liberal advocate. The posting raised an outcry and a rally against sexual violence, which Lanker-Simons participated in.

But police say Lanker-Simons authored the comment herself and she faces a misdemeanor charge of interfering with police. She has pleaded not guilty. Lanker-Simons attorneys are seeking to suppress evidence obtained by police.

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