Jury convicts Aydin Coban on all five counts in online tormenting of Amanda Todd

    1 of 1 2 of 1

      Nearly a decade after a Port Coquitlam teenager committed suicide after being cyberbullied, her online tormenter has been convicted in B.C. Supreme Court.

      Today, a jury found a resident of the Netherlands, Aydin Coban, guilty on all counts in the cyberbullying of 15-year-old Amanda Todd.

      He had been charged with extortion, two counts of possession of child pornography, child luring, and criminal harassment.

      Coban has earned a living repairing computers and evidence submitted in court pointed to him as the owner of two hard drives linked to the cyberbullying.

      Prior to her death, Todd posted a video on YouTube in which she held up cards describing how she had been blackmailed.

      Her mother, Carol Todd, has since emerged as a strong advocate for protecting children and youths from online harassment.

      If you or someone you know is experiencing depressive or suicidal thoughts, some options for resources include talking to a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, psychologist, or counsellor. If in crisis, contact 911 or go to a hospital immediately. The Crisis Line Association of B.C. (1-800-784-2433) provides 24-hour service for individuals across the province. For LGBT people, options also include contacting Health Initiative for Men or Qmunity for queer-specific resources, particularly for issues related to sexual or gender identity. Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) is a national service for children and teenagers. 

      Comments