Recent media headlines have somewhat suggested that charges against the accused man that cyber-stalked Canadian teen Amanda Todd have been dropped. Most will remember the story of Amanda Todd. A Canadian teen who was harassed, extorted and bullied by a cyber stalker. Heart wrenching pleas for help to make the abuse go away were posted to Todd’s Youtube channel. Todd later took her own life as a result of the abuse of her cyber stalker.
In 2014, the RCMP laid the following charges against the dutch man accused of cyber-stalking Todd:
- 1 Count of Extortion (Section 346 (1.1)(b));
- 1 Count of Internet Luring (Section 172.1(1)(a));
- 1 Count of Criminal Harassment (Section 264);
- 1 Count of Possession of Child Pornography for the Purpose of Distribution (Section 163.1(3)); and
- 1 Count of Possessing Child Pornography (Section 163.1(4))
The dutch authorities have dropped international charges against the accused, meaning the dutch man will only face charges in the Netherlands for dutch cases to which he is tied too. The man accused is currently in jail awaiting trial on similar cases he is tied to in the Netherlands. The accused has been charged with nine offenses, including indecent assault and production and dissemination of child pornography of dutch victims.
It’ll now be up to the newly elected Liberal Government to seek an extradition order against the accused to bring him to Canada and stand trial on a case of cyber-stalking that gripped not only Canadians, but many around the world. Many legal experts agree that the drop of international charges against the accused is to ensure that as a result of extradition treaties, the accused is not in a position of being charged twice for the same crime (aka double jeopardy).
With the newly formed Liberal Government’s list of priories growing daily, Canadians should be vocal with their MPs on making sure that the Todd family receives justice for Amanda and the accused is brought to Canada as soon as possible to stand trial.