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Revenge-porn website operator convicted in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man charged with running a so-called revenge porn website where people posted nude pictures of their ex-lovers — and then charging the victims to take down the images — was convicted Monday of 27 felony charges.

Kevin Bollaert, 28, was found guilty Monday of identity theft and extortion. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

The San Diego County Superior Court jury was unable to reach verdicts on two charges of identity theft and conspiracy, and a judge declared a mistrial on those.

It was believed to be the first conviction of a revenge porn website operator, although two months ago a Los Angeles man who posted a topless photo of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook was sentenced to a year in jail for violating California’s new revenge porn law.

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That law was not used against Bollaert.

The term revenge porn is used because most of the explicit images have been posted online by former lovers in attempts to shame their former partners after a breakup.

Prosecutors said that in 2012 and 2013, Bollaert allowed people to post more than 10,000 images on his now-defunct ugotposted.com website without the knowledge of those in the pictures. The victims’ names, cities where they lived, and other information also were posted, authorities alleged.

Bollaert also ran a now-defunct website, changemyreputation.com, where victims could be charged up to $350 to have the images removed.

Associated Press