Jury deliberations begin in ‘revenge porn’ case

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SAN DIEGO -- Jury deliberations began Thursday in the trial of a man accused of posting thousands of nude and sexually explicit photos of women on his website without their permission, then setting up a second website where they paid up to $350 to get the photos taken down.

Kevin Bollaert, 28, is charged with more than 30 counts, including extortion, identity theft and conspiracy.

Twenty-six people were named as victims in the case, and a number of women testified that they were embarrassed and humiliated when their private nude photos and personal identifying information turned up on a website called “yougotposted.com.''

Authorities allege Bollaert allowed users to upload 10,170 private explicit photographs anonymously to “yougotposted.com'' between December 2012 and September 2013.

Unlike other “revenge porn'' sites, “yougotposted.com'' prompted users to also share personal identifying information about the subject in the photo, including name, age and address, according to prosecutors.

Bollaert contends he shouldn't be held legally responsible for the sexually explicit photos being submitted to his website. His sister website was named “ChangeMyReputation.com.''

Bollaert defense maintains he is innocent because it was others who were posting the pictures -- people intent on getting revenge or embarrassing women for one reason or another.

But during closing arguments, prosecutors compared Bollaert to a drug lord and mafia boss.

"The very best criminals have others do all their dirty work for them, but it doesn't mean they aren't the puppet master," said Tawnya Boulan Austin, Deputy Attorney General.

The California Attorney General's office is trying the case because the victims are from throughout the country.

If convicted, Bollaert faces 24 years in prison.

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4 comments

  • wow

    Hey Kevin ! Maybe you can do revenge porn in prison with you being the b$tch, pretty boy. Have a fun 24 years!!!

  • TonFS

    After hearing of this a few days ago, I thought it was just another website with fake content, like all the other revenge porn sites out there. Reading through the stories, his intent is obvious, but it’s also obvious that the state is trying to make an example out of him. I’m not saying he shouldn’t pay for what he did, but 24 years seems harsh.

  • Jake

    These are the same as any Hate Crime and I don’t understand why they would ever be questioned as acceptable and able to continued? He posted the pictures and is clearly responsible for this action alone. He allowed impersonations and others personal information to be on his site, with full knowledge of them being illegal and untrue. This is clearly a case of extortion and will be a benchmark for many cases of human rights and privacy protection for everyone on the internet. When we look back at this ten years from now, we will say wow! Did we really allow this to happen? I don’t think these kind of sites will remain and will eventually be outlawed. We are just catching up to the internet as a society and will be creating much stricter laws regarding internet usage so that it does not harm or inflict undue suffering to others. This is not about free speech, hate crimes are not a freedom we should give anyone a right to. This is far from porn and any porn site owner or user would cringe at the very comparison.

  • Jake

    These are hate crimes , how can we as a society of human beings allow this kind of Inhumane treatment to continue ! This is not porn , this is an insult to the entire porn industry . This is not freedom of speach ! No freedom that injures another should be allowed . Why are we defending this kind of criminal activity to persist ? So that these kind of site owners can continue to extort others pain and suffering ?

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