#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | NRL news, Police officially close Anthony Seibold case despite links to prominent figures


Police have officially closed their investigation into the individuals behind the scurrilous online rumours targeting former Broncos coach Anthony Seibold despite identifying two key persons of interest.

One is a former Kagaroos player who is currently not registered as an NRL participant, meaning the league’s Integrity unit could not compel him to come forward. It is understood, however, that he remains a well-known figure into his retirement.

Seibold’s cybercrime experts also identified a former NRL referee as a person with links to the original rumours. The match official, who has links with the NSWRL, is said to be on the periphery of the organisation and is reportedly no longer on their payroll.

A so-called NSWRL employee was also implicated in the saga with reported links to the referee.

However, despite the findings, no police charges have been laid, with the case now officially closed.

“Last month, officers from the Engagement and Hate Crime Unit commenced an investigation following reports offensive and distasteful material had been posted online in relation to a 46-year-old man,” a NSW Police Force spokesperson said.

“Following extensive inquiries, which included speaking with a person who circulated some of the messages, the investigation has concluded.

“No further police action will be taken.”

The officer in charge of the Engagement and Hate Crime Unit, Chief Inspector Tony Long, informed Seibold there was nothing more that could be done.

“Despite the outcome, the NSW Police Force continues to encourage any person who believes they are a victim of cyber bullying – such as online threats and intimidation – to report it to police,” Chief Inspector Long said.

“Like any crime type, police rely on reporting to identify offenders and bring them to account. Otherwise, it becomes invisible but may have dreadful consequences.

“While there can be technical challenges in these types of investigations, no one is truly anonymous on the internet, and law enforcement have a variety of methods of tracking perpetrators down.”

Broncos and Seibold finally part ways

Seibold’s plight gained renewed interest when he appeared on Nine’s 60 Minutes to share his story earlier this month.

He revealed his cyber expert team’s findings in an updated report that was passed onto police and the NRL’s integrity unit.



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