John Cádiz Klemack
An alleged victim of the “revenge porn” scheme that has landed two men in jail broke her silence as she spoke to NBC4 about her agonizing ordeal. Kayla Laws’ mother pushed for the law that led to the arrest and federal indictment of accused hackers Hunter Moore and Charlie Evens. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Studio City for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
A day after two men were charged in a “revenge porn” conspiracy, one of the alleged victims recalled how she was crushed when a topless photo of her circulated around the Internet.
Kayla Laws is one of eight alleged victims of two California men who were arrested Thursday for allegedly hacking into email accounts to steal nude photos that were then posted on a “revenge porn” website.
"You think that it can't happen to you, but it can," Laws said in an interview with NBC4 from her Studio City home. “I was just so damaged by it. I just wanted to stay in my room. It just all hit me like a ton of bricks."
It took nine days to get the photo removed from the now defunct isanyoneup.com website, which was taken over by an anti-bullying site. She realized the damage had been done when someone saved the photo and mass-texted it out to everyone.
"They would message me saying, ‘Hey, you look good, baby.’"
One of the revenge porn website suspects, identified as Hunter Moore, is believed to be the mastermind behind the website. Charlie Evens is charged with hacking into emails to steal the private photos, federal prosecutors said.
Evens' mother said Thursday that he was a good son, volunteered for the Special Olympics, and tutored autistic kids.
Laws' "selfie" was saved in a folder in her gmail account.
"I was in my underwear and only one boob was showing,” she said.
Law’s mother helped push a bill through the state legislature that got Governor Jerry Brown's signature in October that makes revenge porn a crime in California.
"When Hunter Moore goes to trial and to see what the outcome of that is, I think will determine whether or not justice has been served," Laws said.