In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, Kody Maxson, the man accused of driving Amanda Todd to commit suicide, claims to be wrongly accused of tormenting the Vancouver teenager. The Sun did not name Maxson but did identify the person they interviewed as the man accused by the international hacktivist group as being Todd's tormentor.
The Vancouver Sun reports that Maxson was in touch with Todd online but it was only because she contacted him to help her. Maxson claims that Todd sought his help because he was a "known hacker."
Yesterday Maxson was outed by a hacktivist group called Anonymous as being the man allegedly responsible for spreading explicit pictures of Amanda Todd around the internet. Since then there have been several Facebook pages created with the purpose of seeking vigilante justice against Kody Maxson. He claims to have received 50+ death threats via email and over a thousand from Facebook.
“If I was a tormentor I’d be in police custody,” he said, adding he’s “really pissed off and annoyed” that people are pointing the finger at him. “None of it’s true. I’m feeling betrayed.”
Maxson's mother claims there her family has been subject to a "lynch mob" mentality. She urged the public to stop blaming her son and let the police do their work.
Maxson's motherclaims that Kody is being painted in an unfair light. She alleges that when Kody was 14 he sent police a list of names that contained people who frequented a website containing pictures of young children. When she found out he did this she grounded him because she thought it was dangerous.
Sergeant Peter Thiessen of the Lower Mainland Royal Canadian Mounted Police says that he appreciates the online outpouring of people seeking justice for Amanda Todd but warns it can have negative effects:
“The outpouring of support, emotion and information is literally overwhelming...One of our big challenges right now, is false information that is being spread by people who appear to be trying to use Amanda’s story to do harm or make a profit.”
Maxson was in court on Monday (wearing a "Stompdown Killaz" hoodie) on unrelated charges. While in court he passed along "sketchy information" that he had about Todd's tormentor. He claims that the tormentor is 26, lives in New York and goes by the alias "Viper."