A man has been jailed in the US for 18 years in prison for operating a “revenge porn” website and charging victims to remove the images.
California attorney general Kamala Harris said yesterday that Kevin Bollaert’s sentence shows there are severe consequences for exploiting people online.
Bollaert was convicted in February of identity theft and extortion in San Diego Superior Court.
Prosecutors say the San Diego man ran the website ugotposted.com, where people put nude photos of ex-lovers, who then had to pay Bollaert to take down the images.
Prosecutors say victims included teachers, wives and professionals. The compromising photos cost people jobs, damaged relationships and led to one attempted suicide.
Prosecutors say Bollaert earned about US $30,000 from people who paid to remove the images.