Revenge Porn Website Owner Gets Convicted and Could Face 20 Years in Prison

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The owner of “yougotposted.com”, a revenge porn site, has been found guilty of 27 counts, including Identity theft and extortion. Kevin Bollaert ‘s site had allowed for angry partners to post pictures of their naked former-significant-others online in order to shame them. These men and women had hoped to exact some form of vengeance against their partners in doing so.

Found guilty by the San Diego County Superior Court jury after only two and a half days of discussion, Bollaert faces up to 20 years in jail. His website was taken down by the Federal Trade Commission due to complaints received from the persons affected by it. This was because it had hosted pictures of people without their permission.

When it was operational, It had hosted about 10000 images, and Bollaert had profited handsomely by hosting a parallel website that allowed victims to pay upwards of $350 to remove their images. This explains the extortion charge.

The defense had argued that although immoral, his actions were not illegal. The jury begged to disagree and found him guilty of 27 felony counts. It is unknown how he will be sentenced; this being the first indictment for revenge porn it could set the precedence for every future case in America and perhaps even the world.

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26 COMMENTS

    • So you are saying that the victims here actually are the guilty ones? Like girls being raped for wearing sexy dresses? Reactions like yours are stigmatising in a wrong way. A private interchange of data, no matter wat, should stay private. Revealing it worldwide and making money this way is really sick

      • Lmfao dude you are totally blowing this WAY out of proportion, your rebuttal would be appropriate if he was hosting a website that allows people to post pictures they have taken of people nude without their permission. In no way were these broads FORCED to taking these photos. Everyone knows the risks of taking nudes, especially in this day and age of growing technology and interconnections via the internet. They took it knowing these risks, and if they had just keep their clothes on infront of the camera like the rest of society, their nudes wouldn’t be on the internet – but for your actions.

        A better analogy would be like a person who takes drugs and dies, it is not the dealers fault she OD’ed, it is her taking too much of the drug, is the dealer a problem? yes, but he is not responsible for her wanting to do drugs in the first place. NO!

        He didn’t reveal anything to the world, all he did was give access to the people that did. If anyone should be charged it should be the ex-boyfriends/girlfriends. Also I am pretty sure if he had posted a notice saying that he is not responsible for the postings of users, and didn’t charge to have images taken down, he would be in the legal clear. but i could be wrong about that.

        • You disgust me. Please feel free to jump off the nearest high cliff and rid humanity of your disgusting sexist worthless self. Thanks!

          • Its actually being misogynistic. Sexist would be implying that he wouldn’t be letting you do something that a man can do but not a woman. Like, not letting you drive a car. Misogyny is more of a degrading sexual nature, sweet tits.

        • I agree. If your with someone why do they need naked pictures of you anyways. Relationships for the most past are unpredictable. So honestly the individuals whose pictures were posted just showed how bad their personal choices were. Always the victim even if your choices led you there. Don’t give people power of you with anything. Its not like these individuals just had a personality change if they were vengeful enough to do this now then that same personality flaw had been there when they accepted it while dating.

        • To be honest it’s a fundamental privacy issue. Irrespective of if those pictures are naked or not – if you allow someone to take a picture of you and explicitly state it’s for a specific person or group of people you should have rights to protect yourself.

          I agree that the partners that send to these sites should be and probably are liable for posting these things but this guy who knowingly publicized information that would be detrimental to others is definantely an accessory to such a crime.

          A disgruntled partner couldn’t reach nearly as wide an audience as this guy enabled – and let’s face it – even removing the site probably doesn’t fully contain the long term damage he could have caused to people’s lives. I think there’s been too much focus on freedom of information over the last few years – some things should be protected.

    • Except they didn’t send pics to “anyone who asks for them”, they sent them to their boyfriends (or girlfriends) at the time.

  1. A simple bullet to the head would not cost the taxpayers more than a few cents and not have to house, clothe, feed or treat this POS medically!

        • Women like you Nicole are disgusting. You sream for equality, but only where it suits you. best example if you want to be treated equal is sports…if you want equality and respect this is where u have to start. but unfortunatly there are only a handful sports where u women could actually achieve something or stand a chance if compared to men because reality is women are the weaker gender because of many reasons. one day you may find out für your self.

          • I take it you’ve never served in the military? Probably not. I’ve seen women out-perform men in several roles, including combat based MOS’s. So tired of seeing people trash the ladies about how they need to step up, and in the same breath saying they can’t. Alex, all you’ve proven here is that you don’t think before you speak, a trait unfortunately common among both sexes. Check your shit before you open your mouth in the future.

  2. I thought the owners of the image were actually the person who took the photo. Wasn’t that the big debate with the celebrity leaked photos?

    Although, the extortion part kind of screws this guy.

  3. Hopefully this will set precedent for such scumbags like ripoffreport..com. They do the exact same thing- minus the porn- sometimes- and they charge for removal- but not hundreds- they get thousands!

  4. Hmmmm maybe it wouldn’t be an issue if this sorry excuse for a man gained some emotional maturity, got a real job WITHOUT exploiting others privacy. That goes for anyone who would engage in this type of hateful behaviour.

  5. If bitches weren’t out cheating on their man all the fucking time, they wouldn’t be shamed in the first place. Sluts get treated like sluts.

    • And the slut men who sleep with anything that has a vag regardless of having a girlfriend or wife? I have said it before, and I will say it again… Humans were obviously NOT meant to be a monogamous species. Men or women, we all have urges to sleep with people, in a relationship or not. Society needs to accept that they got that part wrong and move on. We are NOT monogamous. Just because some, and I do mean some, especially if we are being honest here, can be monogamous doesn’t mean that we were built that way.

  6. My question is why are so many claiming this as a sexist thing? It doesn’t cater to only one gender. This is a social issue and wouldn’t be a thing if people didn’t play games all the time. Playing with mind playing with hearts and pride is at stake. Honesty will always prevail!

  7. your all stuck on “how could a man do this kinda crap?!? or why are women sending these out in the first place?!?” but have any of you stopped to flip the script for a moment an wonder “what about the not so nice pictures that women may have posted about men?? just food for thought…

  8. Whoever is behind badboyreport.com should be facing extortion charges too!! Anyone can post anything on those bullshit sites! It’s irresponsible and actually threatens free speech as well as net neutrality greedy fucks!!!! I have had competitors write libelous criminal comments on such a site to attack my reputation because instead of using their brains and improving their own business and brand- it seems they figured it would be much easier to generate lies on an extortion website. Utter bullshit. They should all be facing charges.

  9. Victim blaming with the “they knew better, therefore it’s their fault” is just awful. Sure, we should all be careful. However, we can assume these images were taken under the assumption that they would be kept private. Businesses and other groups cannot post, distribute, or sell your image or likeness without your WRITTEN CONSENT. Why should a private party be given any exemption from this?

    This is not a GENDER issue, but a SOCIAL issue.

    Just how the problems in Ferguson are not a race issue, (although laced with it) but civil rights issue.

    Everyone should reasonably expect and be DESERVE privacy.

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