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Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case allegedly targeted 2nd Canadian child

The Dutch man accused of cyberbullying B.C. teen Amanda Todd is also charged with targeting a second Canadian victim, prosecutors in the Netherlands revealed Wednesday.

Aydin Coban is on trial in the Netherlands for charges linked to 34 children around the world

The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

9 years ago
Duration 45:13
With never-before seen videos and online chats, the fifth estate tells the real story of what happened to Amanda Todd, the B.C. teen haunted by one revealing photo on the Internet. The blackmail and the sexual extortion that drove her to her death -- and the new breed of online predators who threaten the many other young people who take risks online.

The Dutch man accused of cyberbullying B.C. teen Amanda Todd is also charged with targeting a second Canadian victim, prosecutors in the Netherlands revealed Wednesday.

Aydin Coban, 38, is currently being tried in Europe on charges in relation to alleged abuse of 34 other young girls and five gay men. 

On the first day of the trial, spokesman Wim de Bruin confirmed that at least one of those alleged victims was Canadian, aside from Todd. 

Coban's alleged victims live in countries including the Netherlands, Australia, Norway, the U.K. and the U.S., according to the Dutch prosecution office.

Charges against him include blackmail, co-perpetration of rape, attempted rape and seduction. He's also accused of several crimes related to child pornography, according to a court summary.

The details of those cases have not been released.
Amanda Todd, 15, took her own life in 2012.

Coban is facing five separate charges in Canada in relation to the Todd case, including possession of child pornography and extortion.

He's set to be extradited for that trial after the Dutch proceedings conclude, although he's appealed to stay in the Netherlands.

CBC News has reached out to the RCMP for more information about the alleged second Canadian victim.

Dutch prosecutors allege Coban used a variety of online aliases on online chat sites to portray himself as a woman in order to commit his crimes. He allegedly befriended teen girls and boys as he prowled the internet hunting for victims.

He would persuade them to strip in front of their webcams and then take pictures to blackmail them, according to prosecutors.

Coban denies all of the charges.

Stalking Amanda: The Man in the Shadows

8 years ago
Duration 45:12
The name of Amanda Todd became synonymous with cyber-bullying and loss after the B.C. teenager committed suicide. Mark Kelley of the fifth estate reveals the never before told story of her accused online stalker, the global police hunt for him and troubling questions about why the suspect wasn't stopped before Amanda took her own life.

Todd, who lived in Port Coquitlam, B.C., drew global attention to online abuse when she posted a YouTube video recounting her ordeal in 2012.

The 15-year-old committed suicide a few weeks later.

Carol Todd, Amanda's mother, plans to attend the Dutch trial and is scheduled to leave Vancouver on Feb. 4.

"It's become more real," she said, noting that court proceedings have been postponed several times.

"It's a good feeling [that the trial is underway], but it also brings back a lot of memories and emotions.… it's not easy."

She thinks seeing the accused in person will be part of the "healing process."

"Amanda never saw who he was … I feel that this is the right thing," she said.

Todd brought the problem of cyberbullying to mainstream attention in Canada and around the world in 2012, after she told her story through a YouTube video.

Using handwritten signs, she described how she was lured by a stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam.

The picture ended up on a Facebook page made by the stranger, to which her friends were added. Todd said she was repeatedly bullied — despite changing schools — before finally taking her own life.

Amanda Todd's death brought the seriousness of cyberbullying to mainstream attention in Canada and around the world. (RIPAmandaTodd/Facebook)

With files from CBC's Farrah Merali and Thomas Daigle and The Associated Press