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Canadian Forces won't confirm if arrest related to Rehtaeh Parsons

QMI Agency

Rehtaeh Parsons. (Facebook)

Rehtaeh Parsons. (Facebook)

Military police confirmed Wednesday evening they arrested and questioned a Canadian Armed Forces member on Tuesday as a result of their investigation into allegations of "inappropriate comments posted online from DND (Department of National Defence) computers."

Major Yves Desbiens, spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Military Police Group, told QMI Agency the arrest was made at the Canadian Forces Base in Shearwater, near Halifax.

The military member was released without charges "on conditions" and returned to work.

Desbiens did not specify what those conditions were or provide any detail about the individual -- including gender. However, he said the investigation was still ongoing.

The investigation in question began on Oct. 6, 2014, he said.

Desbiens said he could not confirm or comment on media reports circulating Wednesday that the arrest was linked to an investigation involving Rehtaeh Parsons.

Earlier this month, officials said they were investigating after a computer with an IP address from National Defence was allegedly used to make changes to the Wikipedia page on Parsons, including altering a direct quote from Parsons' father, Glen Canning.

According to Wikipedia's revision history, on Jan. 29 someone changed a quote from Canning that initially read: "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 revision changed the quote to "That is called consensual sex."

The user with that same IP address commented on the page, "Why not put some facts in your web page? Seems rather one-sided."

Other alterations included saying Parsons' death was to blame on "everyone except her parents."

Parsons, 17, was taken off life support in April 2013 after she hung herself. Her parents allege she was raped by four boys and bullied after a photo of the attack was circulated among her classmates.

The case caused international outcry and sparked the creation of anti-cyberbullying laws in Nova Scotia and prompted police to reopen Parsons' case, resulting in the convictions of two men for child pornography offences.

On Wednesday evening CTV reported that the suspect arrested by military police is the father of one of the men involved in the case.

- with files from Nicole Ireland


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