News 'Revenge porn' site operator gets 18 yrs

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  1. dawg

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    Do you feel the sentencing is appropriate or excessive?

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    San Diego — As he considered how to sentence a man who ran a so-called “revenge porn” website, a San Diego judge referred repeatedly to the defendant’s own words from an interview with state investigators.

    When a special agent from the state Attorney General’s Office asked Kevin Bollaert why he started the site, which featured thousands of nude images – mostly of women – that were posted without the victims’ consent, he answered somewhat blithely.

    “I don’t know, dude. Like, it was just fun…,” said Judge David Gill, reading Bollaert’s words from a transcript. “At the beginning it was kind of fun and entertaining, but now it’s kind of ruining my life.”

    While that may be true, it was the impact Bollaert’s actions had on the victims’ lives that persuaded the judge to sentence him to 18 years behind bars. Although Bollaert was eligible for probation, the judge said fairly early in the daylong hearing that probationwas “completely off the table.”

    “I think he deserves a large dose of punishment, frankly,” Gill said.

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    Bollaert, 28, was convicted in February of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion, all felonies. His now-defunct website, UGotPosted.com, not only featured racy images but also the names of the people in them, the cities they lived in and other identifying information.

    Often, the photos were sent to the site by jilted ex-boyfriends or significant others, who retaliated by uploading the images without the victims’ knowledge. The site linked those images to the victims’ social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.

    As a result, many of the victims reported receiving dozens or even hundreds of threatening or sexually explicit messages from strangers. They also said visitors to the website commented on the photos, providing more identifying information or making negative comments about their bodies or race.

    Attorney General Kamala Harris has said Bollaert’s case is the first prosecution in the country for an operator of this type of website.

    “Sitting behind a computer, committing what is essentially a cowardly and criminal act will not shield predators from the law or jail,” Harris said in a news release. “We will continue to be vigilant and investigate and prosecute those who commit these deplorable acts.”

    Because he is a nonviolent offender, Bollaert will be allowed to serve his prison term in county jail, which is allowed for certain offenders under California’s public safety realignment law. He will have to serve half that time before he is eligible for release.

    The prosecution had argued for a term of at least 10 years and four months in custody.

    Deputy Attorney General Tawnya Boulan Austin argued that Bollaert’s crimes were more than revenge porn – her office prefers the term, “cyber-exploitation” – in that the victims actually feared for their safety as well as damage to their reputations.

    That’s why many paid $250 or more to have their photos removed from the site. After they contacted You Got Posted, they were directed to a sister website, ChangeMyReputation.com, also run by Bollaert, where they made the payments.

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    That's a bit excessive..did the men who submitted the photos and personal information get any penalty!
     
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    I was wondering the same. It says in the article that the visitors mostly men "uploaded" the photos. seems like they would have to answer for something.
     
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    One Percenter Convicted Of Raping Child Dodges Jail Because He 'Will Not Fare Well'




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    But this guy with revenge porn is getting 18 years??? :scratch: :scratch: :scratch: :scratch: :scratch:
     
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    Rupert Pupkin That Ass is Attached to Daniela Lopez

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    Interesting how crime changes with technology.

    Extortion should result in a long sentence especially when it is being linked to other social media accounts to ruin hundreds of people and their friendships and employment.

    I'm fine with the sentence.
     
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    It just makes you sick right? It's just proves that with enough money you can buy anything in America, even children.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    Sickening. Listen, I'm not saying the revenge porn thing was right, but man there's so many worse offenders out there just walking off into the sunset.
     
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    Holy shit. That sucks
     
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    if it was just about the pics I would think it was harsh but charging to remove the photos that folks uploaded for free is a whole other thing. I wonder if other sites running this scam will close up shop now?
     
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    Plus he gets to serve the time in the county lockup. He ruined a lot of lives...I have no problem with the sentence.
     
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    I don't like the fact that all those lawyers like Kamala Harris aren't in prison yet. All she fucking does is issue press releases.
     
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    He would of received a lesser sentence if he wasn't involved in massive extortion.
     
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    On the other hand this certainly serves as a warning to those dumb asses out there that post personal info and use people photos and names to sign up at sites as a joke is a crime and you get land in jail.
     
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    Indeed, the extortion fried his ass.
     
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    True. Personal info is personal info.
     
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    New laws have been introduced and adjusted, posting someones name and photo without permission can now be considered identity theft. a private citizen of course, celebrities cannot be protected by that law.
     
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    Good laws. You can't just ruin someones life from behind a keyboard.
     
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    Very true, it's needed. You cant just run around fucking with people without repercussions.
     
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    Incredible. Absolutely incredible. Here's the wonderful judge followed by a link to a petition for her removal:

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    I wonder what her ruling would've been, if it was her daughter or niece?
     
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