Father of man in Rehtaeh Parsons case questioned over online comments
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:20PM AST
Last Updated Thursday, February 26, 2015 7:46AM AST
The father of one of the young men who pleaded guilty in the Rehtaeh Parsons case was arrested and questioned regarding online comments allegedly made about the case.
Military police questioned the Canadian Armed Forces member in Halifax in relation to the unauthorized use of a government computer.
No charges have been laid. The man was released and returned to work.
CTV News is not identifying the Canadian Forces member so as not to identify his son, who is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Canadian Forces military police began an investigation on Oct. 6, 2014 into allegations of inappropriate comments posted online about the Parsons case using a DND computer.
The allegations include changes made to a Wikipedia page containing information about Rehtaeh Parsons, her death, and the case.
On the page, Glen Canning, Parsons' father, is quoted as saying: “The two boys involved in taking and posing for the photograph stated Rehtaeh was throwing up when they had sex with her. That is not called consensual sex. That is called rape.”
The end of the quote was allegedly changed to read: “That is called consensual sex.”
Military police said the majority of their investigation was done in the months leading up to the arrest.
The son of the Canadian Forces member pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography of Parsons.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Kelland Sundahl