VANCOUVER – A Dutch media outlet says a 35-year-old man has been arrested in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case.
The 15-year-old girl from Port Coquitlam, B.C., killed herself in October 2012 after posting a YouTube video detailing her harassment.
Todd said in the video that she had been bullied and blackmailed on the Internet by someone who had a naked picture of her when she was younger.
The media report from regional broadcaster Omroep Brabant said the unidentified man has already been detained for three months. It says he will stay in detention for now because a request to free him on bail in anticipation of court proceedings was turned down on Wednesday.
The report claims justice officials allege the man was behind the harassment and extortion of Todd. The lawyer representing the man said the case against his client is paper thin.
The man is accused in nine cases and is alleged to have encouraged women to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam.
The report said justice officials in the Netherlands estimate there may be many more victims.
His lawyer said the man was “somewhat reclusive,” and doesn’t have a wife or children.
Todd’s video was watched by millions of people around the world and started a new conversation about bullying.
Dutch authorities are working with police in other countries in connection with the case, the report said, but RCMP did not immediately return calls.
Todd said she was in Grade 7 when she was lured by an unidentified male to expose her breasts during a chat. A year later she said she received a message from a man on Facebook threatening that if she didn’t give him a show, he would send the webcam picture to her friends and family.
“He knew my address, school, relatives, friends, family names,” she wrote.
Her story, and others like hers, prompted the Canadian government to propose legislation that would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person shown.
Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, who has been outspoken about bullying since her daughter’s death, said she hadn’t been informed of the allegations.
“I guess it’s a shock to the system, it’s sort of surprising. I surey hope that something concrete comes out of this. But I in no way feel this is just one person responsible for what happened to my daughter. I believe there are many, many out there around the world that would be responsible.”
Todd said she’s pleased to hear that police aren’t giving up a year and a half after her death.
“It really gives me hope,” she said, adding that she was meeting with RCMP later Thursday.