Cops Make Arrest in Cyberbullying Suicide

Netherlands man, 35, allegedly blackmailed Canadian teen Amanda Todd
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2014 6:16 PM CDT
Cops Make Arrest in Cyberbullying Suicide
Young people gather at a memorial honoring Amanda Todd in Maple Ridge, B.C., in 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

Netherlands police have arrested a 35-year-old man who allegedly blackmailed a Canadian teenager over nude photos before she killed herself, reports the CBC. Amanda Todd's case drew international headlines because of a YouTube video the 15-year-old posted before her death in 2012 detailing her ordeal. A Netherlands report says the still-unidentified man duped the girl into posing nude for him on webcam, then saved the images and used them to blackmail her into providing more material.

He has been charged with production and dissemination of child pornography, reports Huffington Post Canada. Authorities say they are still identifying other blackmail victims, including men who thought they were communicating with an underage male, according to the National Public Proseuctor's Office. "There were multiple people in those chat rooms," says Amanda's mother, Carol Todd. "So this would hopefully be the first layer of many layers that they could uncover." (More Amanda Todd stories.)

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