Owner Of Revenge Porn Site Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

Bollaert from NBC 7 San Diego

Kevin Bollaert was convicted in a San Diego court back in February in 21 felony counts of identity theft and 6 felony counts of extortion in the landmark case surrounding his now-defunct revenge porn website “U Got Posted”. Through that site, he encouraged men to send nude photos of their exes, which he would then post on the site so the men could get revenge. The site reportedly received 10,000 pictures between December 2012 and September 2013. When the women found out and complained, Bollaert reportedly then sent them to a site called “Change My Reputation”, which charged $350 to have the pictures removed. Bollaert also owned “Change My Reputation”. When asked in court during the initial trial why he’d started the revenge porn website, the now-28-year-old reportedly responded:

“I don’t know, dude. Like, it was just fun…. At the beginning it was kind of fun and entertaining, but now it’s kind of ruining my life.”

According to court reports, Bollaert made approximately $900 a month just in ad revenue from the sites, and another $30,000 from the women who were victimized by their exes. Seven of the victims testified to the impact Bollaert’s actions had on them, including in their sometimes tearful statements their deep sense of humiliation and violation. Bollaert reportedly broke into tears as he listened.

The maximum sentence Bollaert could have received was 20 years, and the prosecution appeared to be arguing for that when they stated that Bollaert was a vindictive man who took pleasure in hurting these women. Bollaert was sentenced to 18 years behind bars. He might be eligible for parole in 9 to 10  years if he exhibits good behavior. He was also sentenced to pay $10,000 in restitution to his victims.

California has one of the few laws in the country prohibiting people from putting any identifiable nude photos online after a relationship ends. By state law, that is either punishable by 6 months in jail or a $1,000 fine. As that law was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 1, 2013, it does not appear on the surface that any California residents who might have sent Bollaert the images will face legal trouble from it.

NBC 7 San Diego brings us this report:

Read more:

‘Revenge porn’ website owner Kevin Bollaert sentenced 18 years in prison (NY Daily News)
“Revenge Porn” Defendant Sentenced to 18 Years (NBC 7 San Diego)
‘Revenge porn’ site operator gets 18 yrs (San Diego Union-Tribune)
California Anti-Revenge Porn Bill Signed Into Law by Gov. Jerry Brown (NBC 7 San Diego)