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B.C. Judge Allows Amanda Todd’s Name to Be Public as Her Accused Victims Head to Trial


Carol Todd holds a photo of her daughter Amanda on October 9, 2013.John Lehman/The Globe and Mail

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has banned the late Amanda Todd from naming a minor victim in an online harassment and child pornography case involving a middle-aged suspect extradited to Canada from the Netherlands.

In a ruling issued Monday, Justice Martha Devlin granted a constitutional exemption to the Canadian Criminal Code section that prohibits publishing or transmitting the identities of victims of child pornography.

A slew of media outlets including Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, and The Globe and Mail applied to lift the ban on naming the Port Coquitlam, B.C., 15-year-old, who died by suicide in 2012, a month after posting Was. A YouTube video detailing years of online harassment and cyberbullying.

After his death, the video was shared millions of times as it started an international discussion on the dangers facing teens online.

Dutch man charged with harassing B.C. teenager Amanda Todd extradited to Canada

Ms Todd, who works to teach digital literacy and citizenship to children in her local school district, said the ruling would allow her to resume her international advocacy spreading awareness supported by the details of her daughter’s life.

“In the years since his passing, we’ve had great conversations on the grounds of cyberbullying, exploitation and digital security,” Ms Todd said in an interview on Monday. “It can be more meaningful when you put a real face to a story and then talk about awareness and education — without having to say Amanda’s name or tell parts of her story, that really helps her.” importance diminishes.”

Ms Todd said she understands why publication restrictions are necessary in cases involving sexual assault and exploitation of minors. But, she said, there is no point in keeping Amanda’s name silent when it is known around the world and linked to the current case on Canada’s west coast.

A month before her death, Amanda posted a video in which she held flash cards recalling the many instances of abuse she faced online and in person. Part of the video is told of a moment of indiscretion – flashing her breasts on a webcam in grade 7 – and the resulting extortion by an unidentified man who, after sending pictures to his friends, family and classmates “in a show.” refused to insert”. Him.

Ms Todd said her daughter wants the cautionary tale of her suffering to be shared far and wide, as it did after her death.

“Her last card is, ‘My name is Amanda Todd.’ She wanted everyone to know that was her story,” Ms Todd said in a phone interview.

In addition, Ms Todd said, the RCMP had already named their daughter in its 2014 news release announcing the charges against the Dutch man who is now set to face a jury trial this June.

Aydin Coban, in his early 40s, faces charges including extortion and criminal harassment as well as possession and distribution of child pornography.

Ms Todd participated in Mr Coban’s 2017 trial in Amsterdam, where she received a maximum sentence of 10 years and eight months for child pornography, fraud and blackmail charges related to the online harassment of 34 girls and five men.

In his Dutch trial, a judge accused Mr Coban of seducing dozens of underage girls and several men into posing naked during a secretly recorded video chat and later using the images to blackmail his victims for cash. convicted of doing

Mr Coban denied the charges, accusing a mysterious aide of multiple crimes.

Mr Coban was later extradited to Canada and made his first appearance in a BC court in late 2020.

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