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article imageMan accused of cyberbullying Amanda Todd sentenced in Holland

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 17, 2017 in Crime
Amsterdam - A 38-year-old Dutch man facing charges in Canada in relation to cyberbullying Amanda Todd was sentenced to 11 years by a court in the Netherlands for similar crimes. He is awaiting extradition to Canada to face charges in relation to Todd.
Aydin Coban was convicted by an Amsterdam court yesterday. Coban had pleaded not guilty to 72 charges involving making and possessing child pornography, fraud and extortion. He had also been charged with possession of legal drugs.
Coban had been charged in the Netherlands with victimizing 34 young women and five gay men in countries throughout the world including Canada, the U.K. and the United States. The court found he met people on the Internet, gained their trust and then got them to pose nude on their webcams. Coban then demanded more pictures and if his victims refused, he said he would send what he had to their friends and relatives or post them on pornographic sites. The court found some of the victims had been cyberbullied for years.
The sentence of 10 years and eight months was the maximum allowed under Dutch law.
The cyberbullying and death of Amanda Todd
On Sept 7, 2012, 15-year-old Todd, from Port Coquitlam, B.C. posted a video on YouTube. The video contained no sound but showed the teen holding up various handwritten signs explaining her ordeal. She had befriended someone on the Internet who talked her into exposing her breasts on a webcam. Todd was later told by police those pictures had been widely distributed online. After this happened Todd became subject to bullying both online and in real life. She was forced to change schools after a beating but the bullying did not stop.
As a result of her torment, Todd became anxious and depressed and attempted to kill herself by drinking bleach. She used alcohol and drugs and began cutting herself. At the end of the video, the teen wondered why she was still here and said, “I have nobody. I need somebody.”
Five weeks after posting the video, Todd took her own life. After her death the video went viral and her plight and subsequent suicide made news around the world. It focused a lot of attention on the relatively new problem of cyberbullying. Todd’s mother refused YouTube’s offer to take the video down; she wanted people to see what her daughter had gone through.
SEE ALSO: B.C. girl, 15, who posted anti-bullying video commits suicide
Coban charged with cyberbullying Todd
In April 2014, the RCMP announced Coban had been charged in Canada with possession of child pornography, possession of child pornography with intent to distribute, extortion, Internet luring and criminal harassment. All charges were related to Todd. Canada applied to have Coban extradited to Canada on June 28, 2016, a Dutch court ordered his extradition. At the time of the order, Coban had been in custody for two years on the charges he was sentenced for yesterday.
Coban had lost his attempt to have the charges pertaining to Todd tried in a Dutch court. The extradition order is now under appeal.
SEE ALSO: Amanda Todd case: Dutch man can be extradited to Canada
Todd’s mother speaks out
Carol Todd speaks to the media about her Aydin Coban charged with cyberbullying her daughter
Carol Todd speaks to the media about her Aydin Coban charged with cyberbullying her daughter
Todd addressed the media from Winnipeg yesterday. She said she was pleased the courts found Coban guilty and that he received the maximum sentence for what he did. She also said she was saddened someone like Coban felt it necessary to behave as he did in order to find joy.
The Canadian Justice Department announced Coban will not be extradited until all legal proceedings, including appeals, are concluded in the Netherlands. Carol Todd said it’s been seven years since her daughter’s death and she is willing to wait. She said, “I can afford to wait as long as we get the right end result.”
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