Revenge Porn Site Operater Sentenced to 18 Years

Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 28, sits in court during his sentencing hearing in San Diego on April 3. (Photo: Nelvin C. Cepeda, AP)
Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 28, sits in court during his sentencing hearing in San Diego on April 3. (Photo: Nelvin C. Cepeda, AP)

A San Diego man who operated a “revenge porn” website featuring naked photos of thousands of women and charged victims to remove their images has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday that Kevin Bollaert’s sentence shows there are severe consequences for exploiting people online.

“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, 28, was convicted in February of identity theft and extortion in San Diego Superior Court. Prosecutors say he ran the website ugotposted.com, where people put nude photos of ex-lovers.

The Web developer posted the pictures and then charged women from $300 to $350 to have the pictures removed, according to the The Los Angeles Times. Prosecutors say Bollaert earned about $30,000 from people who paid to remove the images.

Victims included teachers, wives and professionals. The compromising photos cost people jobs, damaged relationships and led to one attempted suicide.

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SOURCE: Yamiche Alcindor
USA TODAY

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