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Revenge Porn Site Operator Arrested for California Offenses

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Attorney General Kamala Harris at a May 17, 2013 news conference (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: The owner and operator of a revenge porn website was arrested Thursday night.Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the arrest Friday of Casey E. Meyering, 28, of Tulsa, Okla. More than 400 sexually explicit photos of Californians were posted on WinByState.com, with victims being extorted for money for their removal.

Meyering was arrested in Tulsa by agents with the California Attorney General’s eCrime Unit alongside local officers in Tulsa. Meyering’s is currently being held without bail in Oklahoma, and Harris’ office is seeking his extradition to California in an ongoing crackdown on so-called “revenge porn” sites.

“This behavior is the very definition of predatory and this website made a game out of humiliating victims for profit,” Harris said. “These actions at their core are about one individual exploiting the privacy and trust of others for financial gain."

Meyering is being charged with five felony counts of extortion, with all of the alleged victims from Calfornia, though the site has forums for all 50 states. He could face up to six years in state prison.

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Revenge porn was outlawed in California last October.