‘Revenge porn’ website owner sentenced to 18 years in prison

‘Revenge porn’ website owner sentenced to 18 years in prison

On Friday, San Diego native Kevin Bollaert, a 28-year-old owner of a 'revenge porn' website, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Bollaert - the owner and operator of the 'revenge porn' websites UGotPosted. com and ChangeMyReputation. com - was convicted on 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion.

Bollaert encouraged the users of his websites to post sexually explicit photos of other people - especially women - without their permission. Bollaert's websites essentially underscored a means for men to get 'revenge' on their ex-wives or ex-girlfriends by posting their nude images online.

Bollaert was sentenced to a prison-term of 18 years after a day-long hearing at which victims of his 'revenge porn' websites give an account of the humiliation they have had to face because of their nude pictures posted on Bollaert's websites.

According to an NBC San Diego report, more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos were posted on Bollaert's now-defunct UGotPosted. com 'revenge porn' website. The photos also linked to the social media accounts of the women victims; with some photos even including women's personal details like their names, home address, and employer information.

As per the court documents and evidence, Bollaert allegedly charged $350 for removing the sexually explicit photos from its website; with the result that he apparently made over $30,000 from the transactions. As such, the court's sentence also includes a payment of $10,000 by Bollaert in restitution.


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