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Arrest in Amanda Todd case

Dutch media are reporting a man has been arrested in connection with the online extortion of B.C. teen Amanda Todd, who killed herself after being bullied.

A 35-year-old man was taken into custody in January and is suspected of “extortion via a webcam film” of a 15-year-old girl from British Columbia, reported Omroep Brabant. The man reportedly made his first court appearance Wednesday.

The unnamed suspect is accused of "inciting underage girls to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam."

In a statement, the Dutch National Public Prosecutor's Office says it believes there are dozens of other female victims in countries including the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S.

Todd took her own life in October 2012.

A video she posted to YouTube just weeks before her death -- in which she explains the two years of torment she endured as the target of online sexual exploitation, stalking, bullying and harassment -- has since garnered more than nine million views


 

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