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Man charged in Amanda Todd cyberbullying case extradited to Canada

Last Updated Feb 5, 2021 at 6:56 pm PDT

Summary

Aydin Coban is charged with extortion, possession of child pornography, criminal harassment

Amanda Todd, 15, took her own life after posting a YouTube video describing how she had been blackmailed online

Aydin Coban was extradited and made a court appearance in B.C. in December

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Dutch man accused of tormenting a Port Coquitlam teen online before she took her own life nearly 10 years ago has been extradited to Canada to face charges in B.C.

The B.C. Prosecution Service says Aydin Coban made his first court appearance on Dec. 8, 2020, but it only became public on Friday.

Coban is charged with extortion, possession of child pornography, communication with a young person to commit a sexual offence and criminal harassment. The 42-year-old was charged back in 2014, two years after Todd took her own life.

Back in 2017, Coban was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the Netherlands for fraud and blackmail. Those charges were in relation to incidents of cyberbullying involving dozens of other young girls as well as gay men.

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The 15-year-old left behind a YouTube video, in which she uses flash cards to describe how she had been blackmailed by someone online and became depressed in the aftermath.

Coban remains in custody.

Amanda’s mom Carol says news that Coban was in B.C. “rocked her” when she was first told in December.

But she is hopeful a trial will resulting Coban being held accountable.

“It’s taken a lot of years. We’ve waited a long time for him to land in Canada, and we can look forward to a trial. It’s not just for me, it’s for everyone else who has followed Amanda’s story and wants to see justice prevail. Yes this is justice for Amanda, but it’s justice for anyone else who has been a victim,” she says.

“In the middle of all this, Amanda’s legacy was has raised awareness, bringing hope, and that’s the important part for me.”

With files from Miranda Fatur