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Man Who Ran Revenge Porn Site Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

April 4, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Man Who Ran Revenge Porn Site Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

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A judge sentenced Kevin Bollaert, 27, the computer programmer who operated a revenge porn site, where scorned exes could post images of nude victims with their personal information, to a prison term of 18 years on Friday.

The San Diego resident becomes the first person in the U.S.to be charged and convicted in connection with operating a revenge porn ring.

A jury convicted Bollaert in San Diego Superior Court back in February of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion for operating the websites, which people used as a forum for smearing victims.

Bollaert created two websites called ugotposted and changemyreputation, where ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands could anonymously upload people’s nude photos and personal information without their consent.

Prosecutors said the site was used to post over 10,000 images, mostly of women, which led to them losing jobs, ruining relationships and even led to an attempted suicide.

Victims who sought to have the images taken down, were redirected and would have to pay anywhere from $250-$300 dollars on changemyreputationto remove the compromising photos.

During the trial, Bollaert’s attorney agreed that the business was gross and offensive, but maintained that he broke no laws by letting people post the explicit content.

However, the prosecution claimed that Bollaert was vindictive and used the internet as a tool of destruction, where he took pleasure in terrorizing the women.

Victims became overwhelmed with harassing messages by strangers. Bollaert received thousands of emails from tormented women, including one who said she feared for her life.

Prosecutors listed 24 people as victims in the criminal complaint, many of whom read statements describing the devastating impact caused by the site.

One victim told the court how her family had thrown her out of the house after discovering nude photos posted of her. “My life has been ruined, destroyed my reputation, and my family threw me out and now want nothing to do with me because they think I have shamed them,” said one woman.

Another woman said in court, “It’s just broken me on a level that’s not describable, The only thing I have left is shame and anger.”

As the victims read their statements, Bollaert bursted into tears.

The judge told Bollaert with additional credits and time served with good behavior he could be eligible for parole in 10 years.

California has made it illegal to post nude photos online after a breakup, which is punishable up to six months in jail.

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