WATCH: More children identified as possible victims of man charged in Amanda Todd case
VANCOUVER – The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) says several other Canadian children have been identified as possible victims of a Dutch man who has been charged in the Amanda Todd online bullying case.
The 35-year-old Dutch man was arrested in January in connection with the online bullying of Amanda Todd. The 15-year-old Port Coquitlam teen committed suicide in October 2012 after she was bullied online.
The man, who RCMP have not named to protect the integrity of the Dutch investigation, reportedly pressured his victims, including Amanda, to perform sexual acts on webcam and recorded the images.
Court documents have identified the man as 35-year-old Aydin Coban, a Dutch national of Turkish descent.
“I can say that the investigation has revealed several victims throughout our country [Canada] as well as internationally,” said Insp. Bob Resch with the NCECC. “The information for those cases have been provided to the police forces of jurisdiction and the primary responsibility within this country was of police forces to identify or find these victims and to give them the support they need and assurance that the police are there to apprehend individuals that are extorting them and to give them comfort and support for their unfortunate interactions that they’ve had over a cyber world.”
The Dutch man currently remains in custody in the Netherlands, facing charges in that jurisdiction. The B.C. Criminal Justice Branch (CBJ) has forwarded a request to the federal Department of Justice to proceed with an extradition application to bring the man to Canada to face charges.
“Given the international aspects of this investigation, including the ongoing case in the Netherlands, it is impossible to predict with any certainty when the accused may appear in a British Columbia court,” the CBJ said in a statement. They do anticipate that whatever happens, the process in getting the man to B.C. to answer charges will be lengthy.
Protecting children from online predators:
1. Know who you are connecting with online.
2. Know your apps, how they work and how the information is being shared.
3. Private is only private if you keep it off the Internet.
4. Parents, your best safety net is communication with your children.
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