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Kevin Christopher Bollaert charged over 'revenge porn' extortion

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, 8:09pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 2:52am
 

US police have arrested a man accused of running a "revenge porn" website hosting more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos as part of an extortion ploy, officials said.

Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, was arrested on Tuesday in San Diego and charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion over the racket, which allegedly made him tens of thousands of dollars.

"This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives," California's attorney general Kamala Harris said.

Bollaert, who is being held in jail on US$50,000 bail, allegedly created the website ugotposted.com in December last year, allowing photos to be posted without the subject's permission.

Such photos, commonly knows as revenge porn, are typically obtained consensually during a relationship but are then posted without permission, or are simply stolen or hacked.

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.

Bollaert created a second website, changemyreputation.com which he used when individuals contacted ugotposted .com asking for their photos to be removed.

He then allegedly extorted victims by offering to remove content from ugotposted.com for a fee of up to US$350, allegedly making tens of thousands of dollars, court documents allege.

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