British Columbia teenager Amanda Todd was lured, harassed and asked to do sexual “shows” or videos of herself through online messages, a Crown attorney told the BC Supreme Court. Will be sent to classmates.
In closing arguments in Dutchman Aidan Coban’s trial, Kristen Lee Noble said some of the messages claimed support and sought to build a trusting relationship with Todd, while others threatened to kill him unless he was on camera. Not doing the “fun stuff” will ruin his life.
Cuban has pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion, harassment, communicating with a juvenile to commit a sex offense and possession of child pornography.
LeNoble showed the jury a message the harasser sent to the Port Coquitlam girl’s family and school administrators while posing as a member of the child protection agency, which included a pornographic Web video of Todd. A link to the site was included.
He explained how another alias on Facebook was used to send messages from the same link to 99 users on Todd’s friends list on the social networking site.
By the time the Crown finished its closing argument, Lee Noble told the jury it would be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Cobain was the man behind the 22 separate online aliases that linked Todd nearly a decade before his death. Used before.
LeNoble began by telling jurors Tuesday that the Crown will spend the next few days helping them “unwrap” key evidence in the trial, including testimony from more than 30 witnesses and binders full of 80 exhibits.
She said the abuse began in November 2009 before Todd turned 13.
“Quite a nice guy,” LeNoble said, reading from a message where the harasser threatened to publicly share a video of Todd exposing her breasts.
“You will do as you are told … I already have 17 people in your family, 52 school mates and your school teachers through their official site. Can send with security agencies, who will follow you,” she read.
“Your life will never be the same … or you’ll do as I say, and after 10 shows, where you do as I say, I disappear, like nothing happened,” the message read. Read what LeNoble called “a veritable sledgehammer of harassment, extortion and a message of temptation.”
Crown prosecutor Louise Kenworthy told the jury at the start of the trial almost two months ago that Todd had been the victim of a constant campaign of “sexual abuse” online for three years before her death in October 2012 aged 15.
Carol Todd testified that her daughter was terrified when she brought the messages to her attention, and that Amanda’s anxiety grew with each incident.
LeNoble showed the jury a message Amanda sent to her cousin and other people she knew after the video of her exposing her breasts was distributed.
In the message, Amanda said she “flashed” about “200 guys” on YouTube a year ago because they were “begging” and she thought it wouldn’t matter.
The message shows the teenager then wrote that she had “ruined” her life with the video because of the harassment and subsequent extortion.
LeNoble also told the jury that Amanda had posted a Facebook message urging people she connected with to report an account that was “blackmailing” her, and that Apologize to people who received messages and links related to this.
– Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press