Amanda Todd’s trial will hit multiple online sites, police expert says

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A Vancouver police detective probed electronic records related to a cyberbullying case, including text messages, videos and screenshots

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A police expert in digital investigations is the fourth witness to testify in the cyberbullying trial involving Port Coquitlam student Amanda Todd.

Wednesday morning (June 8), Det. const. Robin Shook of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) spoke to Judge Martha Devlin and the 12-person jury at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster about his forensic experience.

Among the file-sharing services he investigated were Tinychat, Omegle, blogTV, Dialogoo, ICanHazChat and CamVoice – sites that will be referred to during the seven-week trial, the court heard.

Shook also told the jury about encrypted data, as well as the Tor Browser, an internet browser that allows users to surf the web anonymously and gain access to the dark web.

Shook, who was in the VPD’s Child Exploitation Unit from 2011 to 2016, provided an expert report to the Crown in preparation for trial by reviewing electronic records such as text messages, videos and screenshots screen, prosecutor Marcel Daigle told the court.

Shook is expected to be on the stand for three days.

Aydin Coban, originally from the Netherlands, is being tried on five counts. On Monday June 6, he pleaded not guilty to:

  • extortion
  • import and distribute child pornography
  • possession of child pornography
  • communicate with the intention of attracting a child
  • stalking

None of the allegations are proven in court.

Earlier this week, Amanda Todd’s parents, Carol and Norman, testified about their late daughter’s use of social media between the ages of 12 and 15, from 2009 to 2012.

She died on October 10, 2012 at her mother’s home in Port Coquitlam.

After his death, a black-and-white video Amanda posted on YouTube, using flashcards to explain his mental health and continued online, went viral.

Carol Todd, an educator from School District 43, also created the Amanda Todd Legacy Society provide resources for online protection.

The trial continues.

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