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Case of teens charged with child porn in Rehtaeh Parsons case pushed to December

A woman holds a photo of Rehtaeh Parsons in Halifax on April 11, 2013. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – The case of two teenagers facing child pornography charges after the death of Rehtaeh Parsons has been adjourned until Dec. 5 in Halifax.

One of the teens faces two counts of distributing child pornography, while the other is charged with distributing and making child pornography.

They cannot be named because they were under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged offences and are charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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Defence lawyers Brian Church and Ian Hutchison told the youth court judge they have received disclosure of evidence from the Crown and need time to review the case.

Parsons was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt in April that her family says was prompted by months of bullying.

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They say the 17-year-old girl was tormented after a digital photograph of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in November 2011 was distributed around her school.

Judge Jamie Campbell also changed a bail condition for one of the young men to allow him to use a cellphone in the evenings.

Church said he needed the phone for his job and Crown prosecutor Alexander Smith agreed to the change.

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