‘Revenge Porn’ Suspect is from Quad Cities
SAN DIEGO, California - A California man accused of running a “revenge porn” website is reportedly from Moline.
Kevin Bollaert, 27, of San Diego, is accused of creating one website that allowed people to post explicit images of people without their permission, and creating another one soliciting payments to get the photographs taken down.
Bollaert was charged Tuesday, December 10, 2013 with 31 felony counts which include accusations of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion.
Heavy.com reports Bollaert has a degree from Western Illinois University and that he is originally from Moline, Illinois. WIU Assistant Vice President Darcie Shinberger said Bollaert attended only one sememster there in the fall of 2009 and did not receive a degree from WIU.
An online search showed Kevin Bollaert graduated from Moline High School in 2004.
Court documents allege that in December 2012, Bollaert created the website ugotposted.com, which allowed for the posting of sexually explicit photographs of people without their permission.
The sexually explicit material, primarily of women, was routinely posted by angry former boyfriends and ex-husbands, authorities said. It contained their real names and links to their Facebook profiles.
Prosecutors allege Bollaert also created a second website, changemyreputation.com, that charged up to $350 to remove the content, the documents said.
Bollaert made tens of thousands of dollars through the website, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Neither website was operational Wednesday morning, December 11.
KSWB reported that unlike other such online sites, on which those depicted in the photos are anonymous, ugotposted.com required that posters include the subject’s full name, location, age and social-networking profile link.
A 20-year-old Reno, Nevada, woman whose nude pictures appeared on the site told KFMB that she didn’t know how the photos got there, but that it was devastating.
“You should have seen me. I was a wreck. I was bawling my eyes out,” the woman said. “That’s me, that’s my personal nakedness, and everyone can see it now.”
Other victims reportedly complained that they were harassed online by strangers as a result of the posts.
Bollaert denied doing anything illegal.
“I don’t feel like I’ve committed any crime,” he said, adding that he knows why there’s an uproar.
“I understand that a lot of people would be upset by what would happen and be hurt,” Bollaert said.
Jail records showed Bollaert was released from jail Tuesday, December 10 after posting $50,000 bail. He was next scheduled to appear in court in San Diego County on December 17.
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