Home > News > Another ‘Revenge Porn’ Operator Gets Prison Term • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Another ‘Revenge Porn’ Operator Gets Prison Term

Another ‘Revenge Porn’ Operator Gets Prison Term
Get XBIZ News
Jun 8, 2015 4:15 PM PDT    Text size: 

SAN FRANCISCO — Casey Meyering, the operator of WinByState.com who posted sexually explicit images of unsuspecting victims without consent, was sentenced to three years in prison today.

WinByState.com, now seized by California state Department of Justice officials, was described as “a user supported website where you can trade your ex-girlfriend, your current girlfriend, or any other girl that you might know.”

To get access, users were required to submit photos, but must agree that they have “the person(s) permission who is in the picture/video.”  

WinByState.com solicited users to identify their “wins” by city and state, often using the depicted person’s complete or partial name.

WinByState.com also required victims to pay $250 via a Google Wallet account to remove their posted photographs, known as “takedowns.”

The account was named TakeDownHammer and it was registered to Meyering at a fictitious Beverly Hills storefront, according to state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Harris said that law enforcement agents purchased a “takedown” for one of the victims in Napa, Calif., and traced the funds to Meyering’s bank account in Tulsa, Okla. Surveillance footage from the bank identified him withdrawing money from the account.

“Meyering humiliated and belittled victims by operating a website that posted their intimate images and personal information, then extorted them for removal,” Harris said in a statement today.

In May, Meyering pled no contest to one count of extortion, three counts of attempted extortion and one count of conspiracy.

The investigation began in February 2013, stemming from a complaint by a Northern California victim to a Rohnert Park police agent. The victim suspected that a college classmate had hacked the victim’s computer and retrieved nude images.

Through search warrants, law enforcement discovered that the victim’s classmate had indeed hacked and stolen nude images of her.

Harris said the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office convicted the classmate for identity-theft related crimes and he received an eight-month jail sentence.

Meyering’s sentence follows the sentencing of Kevin Bollaert, the operator of a similar website. Bollaert in April was sentenced to 18 years of incarceration following a verdict which found him guilty of 6 counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft.

The Bollaert case was the first criminal prosecution of a "revenge porn" website operator in the country.

Pictured: Casey Meyering

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start

Dentists typically recommend that a person’s teeth be cleaned every six months and that oral X-rays be taken at least once every year. Internists recommend that a person receive a physical examination... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Access the latest issues of the industry's leading trade publications in digital form. View online or download for offline viewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

EXXXOTICA Chicago

Jun 23 - Jun 25
Chicago, IL.

Latin America Adult Business Expo

Jul 10 - Jul 12
Cartagena, Colombia

ANME Founders Show

Jul 16 - Jul 18
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

QWEBEC Expo

Aug 03 - Aug 06
Montreal, Quebec
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!