YouGotPosted revenge porn site owner sentenced to 18 years

The sentencing of Kevin Bollaert stopped an all-day hearing where several victims told of the humiliation inflicted by his actions. Bollaert burst into tears as he listened to testimony from victims and his mom.

The sentence was at the high end of the range; Bollaert faced a maximum of 20 years. In explaining his punishment, the judge noted that he stacked the sentencing terms based on the multiple victims.

Considering credits for good behavior, Bollaert could be eligible for parole after 10 years, the judge noted.

YouGotPosted revenge porn site owner sentenced

Man Sentenced in Case

Bollaert must pay $10,000 in restitution.

Bollaert was convicted of 27 counts of extortion and identity theft in connection to the tens of thousands of pictures posted online.

Bollaert would subsequently require hundreds of dollars from individuals to remove their pictures through another web site he possessed once they were printed.

Prosecutors called Bollaert “vindictive” and promised he took pleasure out of hurting his female victims with the web being his “tool of destruction.”
In court Friday, the judge their son has said he’s shown remorse was told by his parents.

“He’s said many times he wishes he never made the site… If he could return and alter it all, he’d,” they said in a statement to the court.

One after another victims shared how they were damaged by the activities of Bollaert.

“It’s just broken me on a level that’s not describable,” one girl told the court.

Another described how she’s haunted by her photographs being made people, saying,”If someone looks at me? She also described her experience as a day-to-day challenge.

A third victim said she’s difficulty recognizing Bollaert as a human being.

The case centered on a now defunct site called YouGotPosted.com, created by Bollaert so ex husbands and ex boyfriends could submit uncomfortable pictures of victims for retaliation. The pictures also linked to sufferers’ social media reports.

Prosecutors say those who needed to get the photos taken down were redirected to another one of Bollaert’s websites, ChangeMyReputation.com. There, $300 to $350 were charged to have their pictures removed.

State law forbids anyone from posting identifiable naked pictures online after a break up, punishable with $1,000 or six months in jail.