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San Diego Revenge-Porn|Convict Gets 18 Years

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A state court judge has sentenced California's first revenge-porn convict to 18 years behind bars, following his conviction last month for extortion and identity theft.

Kevin Bollaert, 28, was convicted of 21 counts of identity theft and six counts of extortion - all felonies - in connection to his now-defunct revenge-porn website ugotposted.com, where jilted exes could post racy images of their former lovers anonymously.

The images often contained the victims' personal information, including full name, location and Facebook profile links.

Bollaert then created a second website, changemyreputation.com, which he used to extort victims who complained about their photos on ugotposted - charging them up to $350 to remove the photos.

He made about $30,000 from the second website, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said.

Reminding Bollaert that he told an investigator from Harris' office that he started the website because "it was just fun," San Diego Superior Court Judge David Gill said the possibility of probation was "completely off the table."

"I think he deserves a large dose of punishment, frankly," Gill said of the 18-year sentence.

Bollaert will serve his sentence in county jail since he is a nonviolent offender, thanks to the Golden State's public safety realignment law. He must serve at least half his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Gill also ordered Bollaert to pay restitution to his victims in an amount to be determined later.

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