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Revenge Porn Lands LA Man 2 Years In Federal Prison

A California federal judge sentenced a hacker to prison for his role in a digital sex-ploitation plot that spanned several years.

Charles Evens was sentenced to 25 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of identity theft and computer hacking for personal financial gain for his affiliation with a revenge porn website, which disseminated the nude or sexual photos Evens stole, the Department of Justice reported Nov. 16.  (RELATED: Facebook Throws Its Weight Behind ‘Criminalization’ Of Revenge Porn)

Evens hacked into the Yahoo and Gmail accounts of over 100 women and stole nude photos. He then sold the photos to Hunter Moore, the operator of Is Anyone Up?, a revenge porn website. (RELATED: Revenge Porn Is On Government Radar Again In California)

According to the L.A. Times, in an email exchange between the two men, “Moore asked Evens to send nude images of ‘6 guys and 6 girls’ in exchange for $250…”

The indictment also states that Moore asked Evens to “hack all week for me,” “hack more,” and again asked for nude pictures of “7 girls and 3 dudes.” The financial exchanges were to be completed using Paypal.

The investigation was initiated when Charlotte Laws, the mother of one of the victims, informed authorities after she discovered nude images of her daughter online.

“I would’ve liked to see him get more time,” she told My News L.A. after the sentence. “The only comfort I have is he’ll be over 30 when he gets through with the sentence and will have matured a bit, I hope.”

During the sentencing hearing, her daughter made a statement to the judge.

These photos had never been seen nor sent to anyone. I emailed them to myself to eventually save on my computer. They were in a private folder called ‘my pics’ along with a plethora of other photos of my dogs, little brothers and such.

I was hoping no one would see it, but within a day, a mass text with my photo had been sent to everyone at my restaurant. The assistant manager said she could get me fired over it, and I lost a role in a film, not to mention the tens of thousands of strangers who saw, commented on or even possibly saved the photo.

I received vile, sexual messages and rude comments. One guy even told me he saved the photo, which mortified me. The porn star Ron Jeremy even contacted me to ‘talk business.’ This disgusted me immensely.

Evens will also have to pay a $2,000 fine, perform 20 hours of community service, and pay $147.50 to one of his victims. Moore, who also pleaded guilty to similar charges, will be sentenced Nov. 30.

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