Man, 27, Pleads Not Guilty In Online ‘Revenge Porn’ Case

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The 27-year-old owner of a now-defunct website that showcased stolen pictures of nude women pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges.

Hunter Moore was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and aggravated identity theft.

Moore is accused of posting nude or sexually explicit photos of women that were submitted without the victims’ permission, mostly for “revenge” purposes, according to the indictment.

Moore then paid 25-year-old co-defendant Charles “Gary Jones” Evens, who pleaded not guilty to charges last month, at least $200 a week to hack into the victims’ email accounts and steal more pictures for the site, which ran for about two years, prosecutors said.

In court Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Wesley Hsu said detention might be appropriate for Moore because of his history of online threats.

The prosecutor, however, declined to request a detention hearing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen J. Hillman made a change to Moore’s pretrial release in order to make sure he could not contact any alleged victims.

An April trial date was set, but that’s expected to be postponed.

If convicted, Moore and Evens are looking at up to five years in prison for each of the conspiracy and computer hacking counts and two years for each of the identity theft charges.

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