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January 24, 2014

‘Revenge porn king’ released on bond to face charges in Los Angeles

A Woodland man who is accused of instigating thefts of nude photos from private email accounts for posting on the Internet was released from custody today in Sacramento, and ordered to report to Los Angeles to face charges.

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A Woodland man was ordered released from custody today in Sacramento on a $100,000 bond and directed to report to federal court in Los Angeles on Feb. 7 to face charges that he instigated thefts of nude photos from private email accounts for posting on the Internet without permission of the persons depicted.

Hunter Moore, 27, who is notorious as the so-called “King of Revenge Porn,” and Charles Evens, 25, of Studio City, are charged in a 15-count indictment unsealed Thursday after the FBI arrested them.

The indictment was returned Dec. 20 by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.

It alleges Evens was paid by Moore to provide nude photos that Evens obtained by hacking or using other means of accessing hundreds of email accounts. Moore, in turn, posted them on a web site he controlled, according to the indictment.

He once bragged in a BBC interview that the site generated advertising revenue ranging as high as $20,000 a month.

From 2010 to 2012, Moore ran, where he posted the nude photos and other explicit images, including some submitted to him as “revenge” by former lovers and spouses without the permission of the people in them. Alongside the photos, Moore included the names and other details about those shown in the photos.

The photos included an “American Idol” finalist, the daughter of a major Republican donor, and a woman in a wheelchair, according to a 2012 article on Moore in Rolling Stone magazine.

He ignored cease-and-desist orders and scoffed at challenges to the ethics of his enterprise, although in 2012 he sold the site to an anti-cyberbulling organization, saying his notoriety had resulted in people sending him a flood of child pornography and other unwanted material.

Evens pleaded not guilty Thursday in Los Angeles and was released.

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