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Alleged Revenge Porn Distributor (Including Underage Pics) Is Just A Really Nice Guy

Revenge Porn Producer

27-year-old Kevin Bollaert understands why people are upset with him. He realizes that some might find it distasteful that he posted nude images of unwilling participants–primarily women–and then offered to take down the photos for a $350 fee. He just doesn’t know what he did wrong.

According to CNN, Bollaert created a website allowing visitors to submit naked photos and personal information of people without asking the subjects of the pictures. Sound familiar? That’s because it is–it’s the same sort of deal Hunter Moore did with his revenge porn site. Except in Bollaert’s case, he also allegedly chose to add extortion into the mix by soliciting the victims for money in order to have their images removed from his site’s contents. As a result, Bollaert is in a spot of trouble:

Authorities on Tuesday charged Bollaert with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion, the state attorney general’s office said.

“This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said.

Prosecutors say that Bollaert made tens of thousands of dollars via the site, while the victims (primarily women) were subjected to harassment and terrifying messages from creepy assholes who frequented his site. But hey, he’s just a really nice guy trying to turn his life around, and he doesn’t understand why he’s being hurt for it! Bollaert whined to CNN affiliate KFMB about his troubles:

“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.

“I just don’t want to be involved in that kind of website anymore,” Kevin Bollaert told KFMB. “I want to do good things with my life.”

Revenge porn intends on humiliating the subject, degrading that person–usually female–and benefitting from her emotional, financial and even physical pain. It is cruel, it is demeaning, and it is really fucked up. Posting these explicit images, putting them in potential danger by revealing their personal information, and extorting money from these women? Unbelievably messed up and completely inexcusable.

And in one woman’s case, apparently her images were taken while she was still legally a child:

“I have gone to the police, I’ve had a restraining order put in place because of this site, (and) my phone has been going off EVERY 2 MINUTES with strange men sending inappropriate things to me,” one woman, who said she was a minor when the photographs were posted, wrote to the website, according to the court documents cited by KFMB.

“It’s disgusting. Also, I’ve had to … have a sexual harassment charge put in place in court because of this. I don’t know what gets you off about ruining people’s lives, but I was underage in the photos posted of me so, yes, you are showing child pornography,” she wrote.

And yet, people still feel like it’s the victims faults. Rather than empathizing that these images were often sent to people the victim trusted, like ex-boyfriends or ex-husbands–seriously, when you’re married to somebody, don’t you trust them?–many people only see these women as idiots, sluts, whores who posted their tits online (these are obviously not ways I’d describe anybody ever, but merely the way awful commenters on our own site have described them).

Hopefully, anti-revenge porn activists like Holly Jacobs and members of EndRevengePorn.org–and everybody who knows this type of online harassment and bullying are wrong–will effectively change the landscape of the conversation, making it less about the victims’ supposed transgressions and entirely about the choice to put these people in emotional, and oftentimes physical, terror.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    Ew, Kevin. Not cool.

  • elle

    What a surprise. He got arrested now he’s all woe is me. I honestly hope these women who (very understandably) paid to get their pics taken down can get a class-action lawsuit going on to recoup any losses. Why should kevin get to keep any profits? Is it wrong that also I hope maybe his lawyer cleans him out too and he is left destitute? May be but I still hope it anyway….

  • Ninargh

    I’ve had to stop myself from reading any further in the comments on the CNN website. The slew of ‘Well if they didn’t want them to be posted on the internet or to have money extorted from them then they shouldn’t have taken the pictures’ is turning my stomach.

  • mary

    he actually steals them , hacks into womens accounts with two other friends and posts them himself, who is he kidding. he knows exactly what he’s doing. he charges thousands sometimes. they see a pretty face on the web and stalk her. its scary, I was one of them. my photos stolen from a password protected account for my husband. this isn’t just about revenge…this is a business

  • mary

    he actually steals them , hacks into womens accounts with two other friends and posts them himself, who is he kidding. he knows exactly what he’s doing. he charges thousands sometimes. they see a pretty face on the web and stalk her. its scary, I was one of them. my photos stolen from a password protected account for my husband. this isn’t just about revenge…this is a business

  • Michael Graves

    total illegal site, they stole womens photos and posted them as if they were revenge with their full names and cities and states. The horror to see your pictures and name so publically is beyond imagining. All of money. They were online hackers, Kevin and two others he worked with. Shameful. How do they live with themselves, ever! How can any woman ever , ever have anything to do with them. seriously