Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press via AP
A woman holds a photo as several hundred people attend a community vigil to remember Rehtaeh Parsons at Victoria Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 11, 2013.
Two men arrested by Canadian police Thursday in the case of a teenage girl who died following a suicide attempt after months of cyber bullying have been charged, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
One of the men was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography, while the other was charged with making and distributing child pornography, according to the CBC.
Evidence did not support sexual assault charges against the two individuals, authorities told CBC.
The April 2013 death of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old girl from Halifax, Nova Scotia, attracted global attention to the disturbing issue of bullying in the Internet era, where cell phone photos and other imagery circulate via Facebook and other social networking platforms.
Parsons was taken off life support after a suicide attempt that her parents said followed months of sustained harassment in the wake of a November 2011 sexual assault when she was 15. Cell phone photos of the alleged assault circulated among her schoolmates and on social media websites, Reuters reported.
Police completed an initial investigation without filing charges, on account of insufficient evidence, but later reopened the inquiry following national outcry and a Web campaign that purported to have uncovered new evidence of the alleged evidence and the bullying that ensued, according to Reuters.
The men arrested and charged in the case are due in youth court Aug. 15, according to the CBC. They were not identified because they were minors at the time of the alleged offenses.
The arrests came one day after a new, more severe cyber-bullying law came into effect in Nova Scotia — the first of its kind in Canada.
Under the new law, anyone who feels they are being harassed on the Web can seek a restraining order or sue on behalf of themselves or their children, Reuters reported.
Reuters contributed to this report.
This story was originally published on Thu Aug 8, 2013 1:43 PM EDT