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St. Pete Police arrest 15-year-old girl in cyberbully case

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - St. Petersburg Police Officers have arrested a 15-year-old girl on Thursday who they say sent hundreds of threatening texts to three 15-year-old girls over an eight day span.

Authorities have charged Gabrielle Rogers with three counts of aggravated stalking and one count of tampering with a witness.

Detectives say Rogers use an app called KIK to send the threatening messages. KIK is an app that allows users to send text messages through the internet. Investigators say many of the texts were death threats. "It's still surprises us. I don't know why people would do this. I don't know why they would resort to the internet to send these kind of messages that are very traceable. In this day in age, everything you do has a trail behind you," said St. Petersburg Police Department Spokesman Bill Proffitt.

A press release from the St. Petersburg Police Department says that Rogers knew that a relative of one of the victims had recently committed suicide and that Rogers encouraged that victim to kill herself.

Detectives learned that the suspect had once been friends with the victims, but became hostile to them after feeling alienated from them.

Investigators say Rogers texted, "You're a pathetic piece of S***." "Nobody likes you" " I hate you so much" "I hope to cut you B***."

And they say she admits she sent "If this isn't bullying, I don't know what is."

Rogers was interviewed by detectives on Monday and was told not to have contact with the victims but detectives say she continued to send threatening texts. That is the reason for the tampering with a witness charge.

Rogers has been booked into the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.

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