Online bullying claim triggers investigation into Latah Co. deputies

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 7:00 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Bullying accusations led to an investigation into authorities in Latah County. Leaders with the Idaho State Police confirmed Wednesday that they are opened an investigation into online use by employees at the Latah County Sheriff’s Office.

The Latah County Sheriff asked the Idaho State Police to investigate his department's use of social media.  The investigation comes in the wake of allegations that online harassment caused one teen to commit suicide.
 
Sheriff Wayne Rausch said he wants independent detectives to investigate the actions of deputies and the department's former Facebook page as it relates to the death of 19-year-old Andrew Cain.
 
Cain's sister has said online harassment via the sheriff's office Facebook page contributed to her brother's death. A post on the page listed Andrew Cain as a "Wanted Person" for the month of June
 
Rausch pulled the plug on the agency's Facebook page last week. He also apologized for some of the online exchanges a deputy had with Andrew Cain.

 

The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

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