If you are Kevin Bollaert, you are not having a good day. Not only did his revenge porn operation get shut down, he was sentenced to 18 years for 27 counts of identity theft and extortion. The Daily Mail has more…
Victims of a man who operated a ‘revenge porn’ website and then charged victims to remove nude images and their personal information spoke out after the man was sentenced on Friday.
Kevin Bollaert, 28, was sentenced to 18 years in state prison after he was convicted in February of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion in San Diego Superior Court for running a pair of websites that capitalized on the internet as a forum for public shaming.…
Jilted lovers and hackers could anonymously post nude photos of people without their consent, along with personal information about them, at a website Bollaert created and moderated, called ugotposted.com.
More than 10,000 images, mainly of women, were posted between December 2012 and September 2013.
People who sought to have the explicit images taken down were directed to changemyreputation.com and charged $250 to $350 to remove the racy content.…
Bollaert’s lawyer had claimed at trial that the business was gross and offensive, but he didn’t break the law by allowing others to post the explicit material.
‘It’s gross, it’s offensive, but it’s not illegal,’ Emily Rose-Weber said.
But the prosecution said Bollaert terrorized women and enjoyed doing it.
Not only would he the photos, but the names, addresses and social media details of the people in them.
Many victims were inundated with harassing messages from strangers.
Investigators found that Bollaert received thousands of distressed emails from victims, one who said she was ‘scared for my life’ and another who said she’d been ‘getting nonstop harassing messages.’
The criminal complaint named more than two dozen people as victims, one of whom claimed she was thrown out of her home after her family found out nude photos had been posted of her.
‘It ruined my life and I’m still going through it,’ she testified. ‘I lost my family. They think that I brought shame on them. My reputation is ruined.’
I think it’s instructive that people see that when they share nude images of themselves, they can be stolen, hacked, misused, and exploited. So, the best way to avoid that is to not take them in the first place. I know some people will say that is victim blaming, but it is not. Kevin Bollaert is getting everything he deserves. He was clearly operating outside the law, and I hope the other inmates visit an ample dose of karma upon him. However, had people not posted or sent pics of themselves, Kevin Bollaert would not have had a webstite.