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Whether it’s offline or online, crime doesn’t pay.

According to The Huffington Post, San Diego resident Kevin Bollaert was charged with multiple crimes associated with his operation of a “revenge porn” website, ugotposted.com, and now faces a total of 31felony counts. Charges include identity theft, extortion, and conspiracy.

Revenge porn is an ongoing issue for many online. The term describes when a former lover posts explicit sexual photos and videos of a person online in an effort to shame and embarrass the subject. Most often, these happen after a breakup as a type of revenge for what happened in the relationship. These images and videos can either be given consensually or stolen, but in either case, posting them online without permission is criminal.

During revenge porn incidents, images may be posted anywhere online, ranging from social media sites to sites dedicated solely to this type of activity. In the case of Bollaert’s websites, posters were required to provide the name, age, and other private information of the victim. Prosecutors alleged that Bollaert used this information to annoy and harass victims.

According to reports, Bollaert used a secondary website, changemyreputation.com, to charge victims anywhere from $249.99 to $350 to have the images removed from the site. These are the actions that led to extortion charges. While he told investigators that he received approximately $900 each month from the sites, investigations into his PayPal account activity showed thousands of dollars in profits.

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