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Kevin Bollaert, Revenge porn operator gets 18 years in prison

Sunday April 5, 2015    10:07 AM

Kevin Bollaert, 27, of San Diego, California was charged and found guilty of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion, all relating to his ownership of the now offline websites Ugotposted.com and its sister site Changemyreputation.com.

Bollaert created the site Ugotposted.com which allowed users to upload explicit photos of girls. The practice is known as "revenge porn" as most of the girls who were pictured had scorned the men who posted them. What made Bollaert's site different to other "revenge porn" sites was that uploaders to Ugotposted had to include explicit details about the girls in question, including names, addresses and Facebook links. The website at times had up to 10,000 images online.

Bollaert had been found guilty in February of six counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft. He faced a maximum of 23 years in prison.

The sexually explicit material, primarily of women, was routinely posted by angry former boyfriends and ex-husbands, authorities said. It contained their real names and links to their Facebook profiles.

Bollaert created a second website that solicited payments of $250 to $350 from people who wanted to have the photographs deleted. Bollaert made about $30,000 on that site, the attorney general's office said.

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

Bollaert's father apologized to the victims during Friday's hearing, saying "how sorry we are here today because of a shameful, stupid, inappropriate thing my son did. My heart goes out to all of you."