Dutchman Aydin Coban has been convicted of sexually extorting Canadian teenager Amanda Todd

A Canadian jury on Saturday found Dutch woman Aydin Coban guilty on all counts of sexually extorting a British Columbia teenager whose video of her online harassment sparked a global debate over cyberbullying.

Coban, who was extradited to Canada, was convicted in British Columbia’s Supreme Court of racketeering, two counts of possession of child pornography, child baiting and criminal molestation against Amanda Todd, the teenage girl who died by suicide in 2012.

Todd sparked an international debate about cyberbullying when she posted a YouTube video detailing her online harassment. She committed suicide at the age of 15.

Coban, 44, had pleaded not guilty to five charges related to Todd’s case. He was not charged in Todd’s death.

British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin told the jury they could only find Coban guilty of the charges against him if prosecutors could prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, they must acquit Coban, Devlin said.

The verdict came after weeks of testimony involving many witnesses and evidence presented by prosecutors before closing arguments began.

Coban was extradited to Canada from the Netherlands in 2020 after being convicted in Amsterdam on similar charges involving many young girls and gay men.

In those cases, the judges found that Coban gained his victims’ trust and then convinced them to send him compromising sexual images. He then threatened to publish these pictures.

The Dutch Supreme Court found that he carried out these threats and sent sexual images to his victims’ families and friends.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside of the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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