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‘Revenge porn’ website owner arrested and charged with extortion

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An Okla. man, 28-year-old Casey E. Meyering of Tulsa, was charged with five felony extortion counts stemming from allegedly blackmailing women to have their nude and sexually explicit photographs removed from his now defunct “revenge porn” website, WinByState.com.

Kamala D. Harris, California State Attorney General, announced the arrest of the accused website owner and operator on Feb. 15, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Harris’ press release stated that Meyering "facilitated the posting of more than 400 sexually explicit photos of Californians and extorted victims for as much as $250 each to remove the illicit content."

The images on the revenge porn website were collected by Meyering, who encouraged men from various states to “post photos of women they used to date or of current girlfriends.”

The images available on such “revenge porn” websites come from spurned boyfriends who submit naked and sexually compromising photos of their former girlfriends following a breakup.

“This behavior is the very definition of predatory and this website made a game out of humiliating victims for profit,” Attorney General Harris said.

In order to have their images removed from this particular site, the female victims were required to pay $250 to a bogus account that authorities traced back to Meyering.

Agencies coming together to apprehend Meyering in Tulsa included the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the Tulsa Police Department, and the California Attorney General eCrime Unit.

Although charged in Calif., Meyering was arrested in Okla. and is resisting extradition back to Calif.

You can read Harris’ complete press release regarding Meyering’s arrest here.

In a similar Calif. case, Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, of San Diego - another revenge porn website operator - is waiting for his trial on identity theft and extortion charges. See the video accompanying this article for more on that case.

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