However, no police charges have been laid and the case is now 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.”
Seibold, who parted company with Brisbane this season despite having more than three years remaining on his contract, has been campaigning for legislative changes to hold those responsible for cyberbullying accountable.
The former Dally M coach of the year decided against defamation proceedings, a lengthy and costly process. Instead, he pursued criminal charges, which could result in up to three years imprisonment if the source was found guilty of the charge of “use carriage service to menace, harass or offend”.
Under the criminal code pertaining to cyberbullying, charges can also be laid against those inciting violence based on grounds including religion, race and sexuality.
However, the Seibold case didn’t fit the mould for either of the above situations.
While the police have all but closed the case book, Seibold is expected to continue to try to unmask the identity behind the original message, who is stored in someone’s phone under the pseudonym “The Washed Up King”.
The NRL can keep its own probe open, but there appears little hope of an outcome given those alleged to be at the centre of the scandal aren’t registered rugby league participants.
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Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.