Second man who pleaded guilty in Rehtaeh Parsons case gets year of probation

A second young man who pleaded guilty in the Rehtaeh Parsons child pornography case in Halifax was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation.

HALIFAX — A second young man who pleaded guilty in the Rehtaeh Parsons child pornography case in Halifax was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation.

The 20-year-old man has been ordered to attend counselling, not contact Parsons’s family, not drink or possess alcohol and submit a DNA sample, among other conditions.

The man pleaded guilty in November to distributing a sexually graphic image of Parsons, who was 15 years old at the time of the offence.

He cannot be identified because he was a minor when he committed the crime in the fall of 2011.

Another 20-year-old man charged in the case was given a conditional discharge in November after he pleaded guilty to making child pornography by taking a photo of the accused having sex with the girl.

His identity is also protected because he was a minor at the time.

The 17-year-old Parsons died after she was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt in April 2013. Her family says she was bullied for months as a result of the photo.

Her identity was protected by a publication ban but last month, Nova Scotia’s attorney general issued a directive saying breaches of the ban will not be prosecuted unless her name is used in a derogatory way.

A review has been launched to examine how police and prosecutors in Nova Scotia originally handled the girl’s allegations.

Initially, police said they looked into accusations of sexual assault and an inappropriate photo but after consulting with the province’s Public Prosecution Service, they concluded there weren’t enough grounds to lay charges.

A week after the girl died, police reopened their investigation after receiving what they said was new information.

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