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'Revenge porn' webmaster jailed for 18 years in the US

CourtsBy Eamon Dillon
'Revenge porn' webmaster jailed for 18 years in the US

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 in court on Friday 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 Bollaert earned $30,000 from people who paid to remove the images.

Victims of the scam spoke in court in San Diego on Friday as they described the damage done to their reputations.

"My life has gone through a down-spiral," one of Bollaert's victims told Judge David Gill, adding that she had been ostracised by her mother because of the shame she brought on her family.

Another victim, Nicole, added: "I have a hard time acknowledging Mr Bollaert as a human being. I can't get away from the devastation."

Unlike other revenge porn websites where photos are anonymous, ugotposted.com required the poster to include the subject's full name, location, age and Facebook profile link.