Accused cyberbully in Amanda Todd case could face up to 11 years in Dutch prison
Dutch prosecutors are asking a judge to impose the maximum possible sentence on a man facing 70 charges in the alleged cyberbullying of 34 young girls and five gay men.
The man, identified only as Aydin C., is also wanted in Canada for his alleged involvement in a high-profile online abuse case involving B.C. teenager Amanda Todd.
She was the 15-year-old who took her own life after drawing global attention to online abuse when she posted a YouTube video recounting her ordeal.
In an emotional closing statement, prosecutor Annet Kramer urged judges at a court in Amsterdam to sentence the 38-year-old suspect to 10 years and eight months in prison, saying he subjected some of his victims to years of emotional abuse.
Prosecutors allege the suspect used aliases on online chat sites to portray himself as a woman or boy to befriend his victims.
He would persuade them to strip in front of their webcams and then use the images to blackmail them, then threaten to post the images online if they did not perform more sex acts in front of their webcams.
Kramer used her closing remarks to pay tribute to Todd's mother, Carol, who watched parts of the trial, saying her work to prevent acts like these is important.