'King of Revenge Porn' pleads guilty, faces up to 7 years in prison

'King of revenge porn' pleads guilty to federal hacking, identity theft charges for posting stolen nude photos

The 28-year-old man dubbed the “king of revenge porn” pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal computer hacking and identity theft charges for posting stolen nude photos online, prosecutors said.

Hunter Moore of Woodland entered his plea in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom before U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee, who will sentence him in June. He faces up to seven years in prison and three years of probation, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

"Most people do not feel that seven years is enough," said Charlotte Laws, a longtime community advocate in L.A. who alerted the FBI that her daughter's photos were on Moore's website. "The fact that he's going to prison is a victory. It does set a precedent; it does send a message."

Some of the photos on his site were sent in by individuals who sought revenge by handing over nude or sexually graphic images without a person’s permission, Moore admitted in court.

Other photos were sourced through hacking. In his plea agreement, Moore said that he told an associate, Charles Evens, to illegally access illicit photos stored on email accounts, prosecutors said.

After Evens forwarded the photos, Moore published them online, also without consent, he admitted in his plea agreement.

Evens, 26, of Studio City, faces several felony charges, including conspiracy, hacking and identity theft. He’s scheduled to go on trial March 17.

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Times staff writers Joseph Serna and Veronica Rocha contributed to this report.

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