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San Diego Man Arrested In Connection With Revenge Porn Website

Evening Edition

Aired 12/12/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Sgt. Mark Varnau, San Diego County Sheriffs Department Cyber Crimes

David Peters, family therapist

Charlotte Laws, mother of victim

Transcript

A San Diego man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to operating a revenge porn website. It's the first bust of its kind since California criminalized revenge porn earlier this year.

Aired 12/11/13 on KPBS News.

A San Diego man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to operating a revenge porn website. It's the first bust of its kind since California criminalized revenge porn earlier this year.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Kevin Bollaert, 27, allegedly owned and operated ugotposted.com, one of the most notorious examples of revenge porn. It allowed users — often vindictive ex-boyfriends — to anonymously upload nude photos of women without their consent.

The site connected photos with identifying information about the women pictured, including their names, ages and Facebook profiles. Victims reported being harassed and intimidated by the site's visitors.

To get these photos scrubbed from the web, victims had to pay up to $350 through another website allegedly owned and operated by Bollaert. The San Diego resident is charged with conspiracy, extortion and more than two dozen counts of identity theft. He's currently being held on $50,000 bail.

In a statement regarding the arrest, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said, "Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity." California became the first state to pass legislation directly outlawing revenge porn in October.

In the arrest report filed by California Department of Justice special agent Brian Cardwell, Bollaert is quoted as saying, "I know a lot of people are getting screwed over like on the site. Like their lives are getting ruined."

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