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Why is this man crying? Because he ran a revenge porn site

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This is Kevin Bollaert. He's crying because he's just been sentenced to 18 years in prison for running a revenge porn website and charging victims, mostly women, to have their photos and contact details removed.

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The 29-year-old, from San Diego, burst into tears as he heard testimony from his own mother and his victims after a landmark case.

One told the court: "It ruined my life and I'm still going through it. I lost my family. They think that I brought shame on them. My reputation is ruined."

Another said: "It's just broken me on a level that's not describable. The only thing I have left is shame and anger."

The court also heard a woman say: "If someone looks at me? Are they remembering me?"

Bollaert is thought to have posted 10,000 explicit images between December 2012 and September 2013 submitted by ex-partners to embarrass victims for revenge. He charged up to $350 (£234) for them to be removed, making around $30,000 (£24,000).

Bollaert, who could be eligible for parole after ten years, must also pay $10,000 (£6,700) in restitution.


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