Charges laid against man in the Netherlands in Amanda Todd suicide case

RCMP have laid five charges including pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and Internet luring against an unnamed man in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case.

The 15-year-old British Columbia girl killed herself in October 2012, shortly after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions of people around the world.

The charges come just hours after a Dutch television station revealed a 35-year-old man jailed in the Netherlands since January is accused of using webcam footage to blackmail dozens of victims, including Todd, in several countries.

RCMP Insp. Paulette Freill told a news conference that B.C.'s Crown counsel laid the criminal charges today, but she wouldn't release the man's name to protect the criminal proceedings in the Netherlands.

Freill says all the charges are related to incidents alleged to have happened between Jan. 1, 2010, and Oct. 10, 2012, the same day Todd died.

Her mother, Carol Todd, told the media that this was the day her family has been waiting for and that she always knew in her heart that her daughter's claims about being bullied were true.

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