British Columbia

Mark Webber jailed for internet sex extortion

A 23-year-old B.C. man will serve jail time for attempting to extort nude photos from a young woman.

Case has echoes of Amanda Todd, who killed herself after being blackmailed online

A North Vancouver judge has sentenced a 23-year-old man to jail for attempting to extort nude photos from a young woman.

In a separate case, B.C. teen Amanda Todd took her life in 2012, after years of being tormented online. (Courtesy the Todd family)

In a case with similarities to that of Amanda Todd, the B.C. teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed online, Mark Webber somehow obtained an explicit video of the victim from her boyfriend's cellphone.

He then threatened to share the video with her Facebook friends unless she sent him nude images of herself — a threat he subsequently followed through on.

The young woman involved has not been named for legal reasons.

Sentencing Webber to 60 days in jail — to be served on weekends — the judge said it was important to send a message to the public that this kind of extortion will result in jail time.

The Crown had asked for nine months' jail time.

With files from Steve Lus