New Westminster, British Columbia (AFP) – A Canadian jury found a Dutch man guilty Saturday of extortion, harassment and other charges related to the case of a Canadian teen who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.
A jury in the British Columbia Supreme Court trial found Aidan Cuban guilty of all charges he faced, including communication with a young man to commit a sexual offense and possession and distribution of child pornography in connection with Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, teen Amanda Todd.
She was 15 when she committed suicide in 2012 after a video clip describing her torture at the hands of a harasser was posted online.
The jury’s unanimous verdict comes a day after deliberations begin.
Cuban was extradited from the Netherlands to Canada in 2020 after he was convicted in Amsterdam on similar charges involving dozens of young girls and gay men.
Amanda Todd brought the problem of cyberbullying to mainstream attention in Canada after she posted the video on YouTube where she told her story with handwritten signs, describing how a stranger lured her to expose her breasts on a webcam.
The photo ended up on a Facebook page created by the stranger and to which her friends were added.
She was bullied repeatedly, despite changing schools, before finally killing herself weeks after the video was posted.