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Oklahoma Man Convicted in California Revenge Porn Case

11-May-2015

Last year, just a few months after California enacted legislation to make "revenge porn" illegal, an Oklahoma man was arrested for allegedly running a revenge porn site. On Friday, Casey Meyering, 28, of Tulsa, pleaded no contest to charges including extortion, attempted extortion, and conspiracy, making him one of the first people to be convicted in relation to revenge porn--only the second such conviction in California.

Last month, Kevin Bollaert was sentenced to 18 years in prison for crimes related to his operation of the revenge porn site UGotPosted. The website directed women who wanted their pictures removed to another site, ChangeMyReputation, which charged up to $350 per image for removal.

Meyering was the operator of a site called WinByState, which encouraged members to upload nude images or videos of "your ex-girlfriend, your current girlfriend, or any other girl you know." The site carried a specific set of rules for members, which included the following:

  1. All applications must be filled out on the application form completely. 
  2. Must be pictures and/or video uploaded. Only one pic or video only has a 75% chance of approval and will take 300% longer. 
  3. Pictures and/or video must include nudity and info. to identify the person to match her Facebook. 
  4. People in the pics and vids must be over 18. 
  5. You must have permission from the person in the picture/video before you post it. 
  6. All girls must be from the U.S.

The stipulation that permission from the subject of the images is required seemed to be a weak attempt at avoiding liability. After all, once women discovered that their images had been stolen or uploaded by a vindictive ex, the only way to remove the image was by clicking a prominently displayed link for TakeDownHammer.info and paying $250 per image through a Google Wallet account.

Meyering was arrested after a woman from Napa discovered her images online and found that she was being extorted to have them removed. Investigators connected the Google Wallet account to a non-existent Beverly Hills address and Meyering's bank account.

According to the LA Times, California is one of 13 states with laws against cyberexploitation and nonconsensual pornography, including "revenge porn." Bollaert's conviction in February and Meyering's conviction last week are the first two revenge porn convictions in the nation.

Leaked sex tapes aren't just for celebrities anymore. Sexting, revenge porn, and hackers can all be the source of publication of images someone intended to be private. Now, laws are in place in many states that punish the nonconsensual distribution of sexually explicit images of adults.



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