nb_cid nb_clickOther -tt-nb this.style.behavior='url(#default#homepage)';this.setHomePage('http://www.aol.com/?mtmhp=acm50ieupgradebanner_112313 network-banner-empty upgradeBanner
14
Search AOL Mail
AOL Mail
Video
Video
AOL Favorites
Favorites
Menu

Mom's innocent photos end up on 'revenge porn' site

Blogger's Innocent Photos Stolen and Posted on Porn Site
A married Utah mother of two was shocked to discover pictures from her blog had been stolen and put on a porn website.



Melissa Esplin posts many photos of herself on her arts and crafts blog. The photos are innocent. She creates outfits and then models them.

"Good Morning America" says Esplin woke up one day to discover not only had her pictures been stolen and put on an unnamed porn site, but they were placed next to very graphic images of a woman's body.

'It infuriated me and sort of sent me into a panic. I was angry that people would think that that person was me.'

But the porn site took things a step further, posting Esplin's name, where she lives, her age and even a link to her Facebook profile.

Esplin wrote about the discovery on her blog, saying: 'There were tears. Sobs, even. It felt personal and the violation was real. Like the creepy slime from perverted individuals was closing in on me. In my own home.'

Esplin says she soon started getting propositioned for sex by men who messaged her through Facebook. KSL-TV reports Esplin contacted the site to get her photos taken down. But there was a catch.

'To remove it she had to pay $400. To top it off, the porn site itself says it does not entertain removal requests.'

Esplin did alert the local branch of the FBI's cyber crime unit about the situation. She tells KSL-TV despite this incident, she plans to keep blogging because it's her passion.

Join the discussion

1000|Characters 1000  Characters
Intellitek March 17 2014 at 1:41 PM

One wonders about the "free speech" component here. There is no criminal threat...Impolite? Yes...but illegal? The "speech" was in the public domain.... The smear appears to originate from "public" information. In a consitutional sense, those who "go public" may be at risk for such improprieites... Obviously, if there is transgressions of PRIVATE information (had the pix NOT been published on the internet..but taken form a private place) there may be legal culpability. She "put it out there," innocent as she was. There is a risk, too, in modern times, thatwhen one sends pix over the internet event o a private party, the pix may wind up...on the internet. The fact that someone then transformed her work into something unintended, vulgar as it was, may be protected.... I'd be interested to see what the FBI thinks.
Elliott Oppenheim, MD,JD,LLM Health Law

Flag Reply +4 rate up
lamib6297 March 17 2014 at 8:46 AM

Blogging is her passion........? Once stupid, ok...Twice is just stupid....or sez Mr Gump

Flag Reply +2 rate up
1 reply
zewkeeper122 lamib6297 March 17 2014 at 2:29 PM

I am pretty sure it's the contents in her blogging (fashion) that is her passion. You know, the reason WHY she was posting pics of herself in the outfits she designed/styling. geesh

Flag Reply 0 rate up
trifeloco2012 March 17 2014 at 8:49 AM

So did the feds do anything about it? It's not fair that she had to pay to have her own pics removed, what a jip. And not to point out the obvious so obviously, but she is an astonishingly beautiful woman, glad she's not letting it all discourage her from her passion.

Flag Reply +5 rate up
osinhoff08 March 17 2014 at 9:01 AM

To do this to someone than make a statement they don't remove these pictures as a policy describes the depth of theft these low lives reach. It's not Facebook bottom feeders exist everywhere and unfortunately do not care who they effect or how low they are. We should have instant laws to shut down any site immediately steeling identities or misleading and open it up to. cIvil lawsuits that should effect it.

Flag Reply +7 rate up
rdarby1040 March 17 2014 at 9:06 AM

I feel bad for the ladyand hope she is able to strighten things out , but too much info is put out for scum to steal. Less personal info would be in order for all that post their life in front of the world to see ! There is a lot of wonderful and well meaning people in the online world...but it only takes ONE BAD NUT to ruin your life.

Flag Reply +8 rate up
Mike March 17 2014 at 9:38 AM

It is a shame...but nothing is safe anymore. If it goes up on the web, it can go anywhere. I feel for this lady. Probably should put one of those watermarks on her photos...

Flag Reply +6 rate up
noobhunterr March 17 2014 at 9:45 AM

I hope those people get caught and get in big trouble. Someone doing their best to make a good living and not hurting anyone in the process does not deserve to be treated in such a manner. Why are people like that? I hope all works out for her and turns into a good thing.Her clothes look very nice. She did not deserve to have that done to her.

Flag Reply +7 rate up
pfjw March 17 2014 at 9:51 AM

The cyber equivalent of writing a number on a men's room wall - For a good time call.......

And then asking for money to remove it. Makes perfect sense. Finding and deleting these bullies also makes perfect sense.

Flag Reply +5 rate up
Mjames March 17 2014 at 5:04 PM

Ths people that are doing things like this are nothing but dirt bag's and need to taken to the shed

Flag Reply +10 rate up
eileen March 17 2014 at 9:54 AM

I've read several stories of ex-boyfriends posting pictures of their ex as revenge, low and nasty blow...what can you do...I guess the day of writing on bathroom stalls are over, why bother when you have the internet?

Flag Reply +5 rate up
aol~~ 1209600

Voting...

More From Our Partners