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    San Diego man, Kevin Bollaert, charged victims to remove nude images from website that he created


    Kevin Bollaert at his sentencing hearing in San Diego. Photograph: Nelvin C Cepeda/APAssociated Press in San Diego

    A San Diego man who operated a “revenge porn” website and then charged victims to remove nude images and personal information was sentenced on Friday to 18 years in state prison, the attorney general’s office has said. Kevin Bollaert, 28, 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 capitalised 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, at a website Bollaert created 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 content.
    The compromising photos cost people jobs, damaged relationships and led to one attempted suicide. Bollaert earned about $900 a month in website ad revenue and collected about $30,000 from victims.

    Bollaert’s lawyer claimed at the trial that the business was gross and offensive, but that their client did not break the law by allowing others to post the explicit material.


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    Bollaert’s lawyer claimed at the trial that the business was gross and offensive, but that their client did not break the law by allowing others to post the explicit material.
    Really? The name of the site was ugotposted.com. Which implies that the site specifically enables someone to post photographs at someone else's expense. With those kinds of arguments, I'm worried his lawyers are so stupid, that they may have set him up with the basis for an appeal.

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    Let's hope not.
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    What a cold, evil, greedy, nasty bugger. .. At least he is getting time in the slammer.

    i hope all the victims of his website are okay, especially the person who attempted suicide.

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    How would you even know that you were in such a website? Do you have friends that know about it and then say "well I saw you on ugotposted while checking it out."?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    How would you even know that you were in such a website? Do you have friends that know about it and then say "well I saw you on ugotposted while checking it out."?
    From other articles I'm reading, the pictures were often accompanied real names and other details that would quickly identify them to multiple people through a standard engine search.
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    ^^ Some of the identifying details were very specific - telephone numbers, home and work addresses, full links to social media profiles, etc. Those are some serious personal safety risks right there!

    I'm glad this son of a bitch has got sent down. Now I'd like to see it made possible for punishments to be handed out to the people who maliciously sent in the pictures.
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    Why is it so hard for people to refrain from taking photos of oneself in compromising situations or states of undress? Common sense people. They might love you now but if things go south (and most relationships do), you can be very vulnerable. I think/hope my generation gets this - the millenials who grew up in a hypersexualized culture, not so much it seems.

    I do feel bad for these women - sounds like lots of lives adversely affected. But seriously, keep things zipped up around the smartphones.
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    Here's the other thing - he set up a separate service called "Changemyreputation" where for about $300 or so, they would delete the information of the Ugotposted server. So, basically, he was running an extortion racket. I think he would have gone to prison even without a revenge porn law on the books.

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    HeHe wasn't charged under the revenge porn law- hence his lawyer arguments above. He was convicted of extortion and identity theft. Which proved much more severe, so good.

    ETA- it appears the recent convictions were all gotten without 'revenge porn laws'

    It does seem noteworthy, again, that all of these results came about without dismantling Section 230 of the CDA or requiring special new "anti-revenge porn" laws, like some are calling for. Yet, I imagine it won't stop the calls for such legislative action.


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