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Jun 8, 2013 4:39 PM by Eric Ross

Plug pulled on 'revenge porn' sites targeting Colorado residents

The Colorado Springs man behind one of the largest ‘revenge porn' sites in the country decides to pull the plug.

News 5 first warned viewers back in January about a potential extortion web site targeting men and women seeking partners on dating sites.

"I worried every day whether somebody on the street has seen me online," Emma said. "I can't even look people in the eye because I don't know who's seen me and it's frightening."

Emma is one of hundreds of women who fell victim to an elaborate online scam known as ‘revenge porn'.

In most cases, victims were tricked into sending nude pictures of themselves through sites offering dating services like Craigslist. A few days later, victims find out those images have been uploaded onto a massive exploitation web site for all the world to see.

"I put myself in a very compromising situation that I don't think it will ever go away," Emma said. "Somebody out there will always have a copy of those images."

The site also linked the images to each of the victims personal social media profiles and in many cases, included their cell phone numbers.

"I'm very surprised that this type of site is running here in Colorado," attorney Gordon Vaughan said.

Vaughan has studied similar cases in the past involving ‘revenge porn' sites. While he couldn't speak to criminal terms, he told News 5 that victims could file a civil lawsuit.

"These were images that were intended for private use between two people that were in an intimate relationship," Vaughan said. "There was never any intent for those images to find their way onto a general access internet site."

We've been chasing Craig Brittain, 28, for months. He's the Colorado Springs man and co-owner behind "IsAnyBodyDown.com" and "ObamaNudes.com." We've communicated with him via email, but he's been dodging us ever since we exposed this scam.

On both of Brittain's web sites, he informs victims they can pay a New York attorney named David Blade III to remove the images for a fee of $250.

News 5 uncovered back in January that no such attorney existed and that "IsAnyBodyDown.com" and the "lawyer" web site had the same IP address and were hosted by the same web server. This points to both sites running from the same computer in one location.

Brittain has maintained he's done nothing wrong, but pressure from the public as well as the threat of a potential criminal investigation may have played a role in his decision to shut down both sites.

On a Twitter post, Brittain writes:

" I wanted to turn towards peace and love and a respectful occupation which is why I closed the web sites down."

While some question whether those are his true intentions, the nightmare for victims like Emma appears to be over---at least for now.

Brittain said through another Twitter post that he has no plans to relaunch any ‘revenge porn' sites.

The Colorado Springs Police Department along with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office were informed by News 5 about this web site in January 2013. The DA's office instructed us to take the issue to Attorney General John Suthers.

Carolyn Tyler, a spokesperson for Suthers declined an interview with News 5. Tyler informed us Suthers has been made aware of the web site, but that he had no plans to launch an investigation into this matter.

To date, no criminal charges have been filed against Brittain.

 

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