'Sextortion' cyberbully on trial

2017-01-25 18:25
Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Amsterdam - A man accused of a world-wide cyberbullying racket that got young girls to pose naked before blackmailing them went on trial Wednesday in Amsterdam, saying he is innocent of the charges.

The defendant Aydin C. is suspected of forcing dozens of young women from as far as Britain, Canada, Norway and the United States into performing sex acts in front of their webcams.

"I deny all charges and will remain silent until my closing statement," Aydin C. - identified only by his first name because of Dutch privacy rules - told judges at a high-security courthouse.

The 38-year-old Dutchman faces 72 charges including sex crimes such as making and storing of child pornography, blackmail, fraud and hard drug possession, prosecutors said.

"He posed online as a young woman and established trust relationships with 34 young girls, eventually getting them to pose naked in front of a webcam," Dutch public prosecution service spokesman Lars Stempher said ahead of the trial.

Once Aydin C. obtained the images, his tone changed and he would start to threaten the girls, telling them he would show the images to parents, relatives and school friends if they did not do as told.

"This included performing sexual acts and in the end the girls became trapped in his web," Stempher said in a statement.

Five gay men - mainly in Australia - were also lured in, when Aydin C. posed as a young boy and "eventually he threatened them that he would expose their sexuality, leading to blackmail."

He was arrested after Facebook rang alarm bells in 2013, telling Dutch police a "sextortionist" - somebody who uses sex to blackmail others - was at work in The Netherlands.

Amanda Todd 

Aydin C. is also linked to the case of Canadian teen Amanda Todd who committed suicide in October 2012 after being tormented by an anonymous cyberbully.

"The notorious case, that of Amanda Todd regularly pops up in this case docket," Judge Karel Brunner said.

"It is however a separate issue," the judge said.

A Dutch court in June last year ruled in favour of Aydin C.'s extradition to Canada to stand trial in connection with Todd's death.

The 15-year-old's suicide sparked a worldwide debate about appropriate online behaviour, and prompted calls for cyberbullying to be criminalised.

Aydin C. however will be sent to Canada only after the end of his trial in the Netherlands.


Read more on:    netherlands  |  cyber crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?

 
 

Paws

How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.