Did Hunter Moore go to jail? Netflix doc revisits ‘professional life ruiner’

Bruno Cooke July 27, 2022
Did Hunter Moore go to jail? Netflix doc revisits ‘professional life ruiner’


Netflix documentary The Most Hated Man On The Internet premiered today (27 July 2022), and tells the story of Hunter Moore’s rise and fall. Did he go to jail, and if so, what was his prison sentence?

Born 9 March 1986, Moore is currently 36 years old. He once proclaimed himself a “professional life ruiner”.

He’s banned from using Facebook, and in 2013 lost a $250,000 defamation judgment after he was found to have defamed Bullyville founder James McGibney, and threatened to harm his wife.

But did Hunter Moore go to jail for his online activities, especially with regard to his website Is Anyone Up? And if so, what was his prison sentence?

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Did Hunter Moore go to jail for what he did? What was his prison sentence?

Yes, he did. The US attorney’s office in California’s central district sentenced Hunter Moore to two and a half years in federal prison for his involvement in an “email hacking scheme to obtain nude photos”.

That was on 2 December 2015.

Specifically, he received a 30-month sentence for “hiring another man to hack into e-mail accounts to steal nude photos that were later posted on his website”.

In addition to this, Hunter Moore had to pay a fine of $2,000, plus $145,70 in restitution. United States district judge Dolly M Gee ordered that Moore should begin serving his sentence on 22 January 2016.

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Did Hunter Moore’s alleged hacker Charles Evens also receive a jail sentence?

Yes. Charles Evens, then 26, of Studio City, California received a sentence of 26 months in federal prison. 

He pled guilty to two counts, according to the Department of Justice’s release at the time: “one count of unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information for purposes of private financial gain and one count of aggravated identity theft”.

Moore admitted in court that the pictures his website hosted were submitted by individuals “without the victim’s permission” and “for the purposes of revenge”.

Evens, meanwhile, admitted hacking into email accounts belonging to “hundreds of victims”.

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How long did Moore spend behind bars?

Hunter Moore was due to spend 30 months in prison – two and a half years, beginning 22 January 2016, and ending 22 July 2018.

However, per Substream Magazine’s reporting (on 15 May 2017), Moore was “back”. What was he doing? “Making EDM music and planning the release of his first book.”

He had apparently entered a program designed to “help inmates re-acclimate to the outside world”. The Substream article links to the Residential Reentry Management (RRM) field office’s webpage, on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

By enrolling in the reentry program, Hunter Moore reportedly regained internet access, with which he launched new social media accounts, started making music, and began writing his first book.

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The sentence and fine Hunter received were both lower than they could have been

The above information comes from the central district of California’s own website. Hunter Moore received a prison sentence of 30 months and was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 plus $145.70.

However, earlier that year, Forbes reported on Moore’s original plea agreement with the US attorney’s office. His plea, the outlet wrote at the time, covered “aiding and abetting hacking (unauthorised access of victims’ computers for private financial gain) and aggravated identity theft”.

Under the agreement, Moore would serve two years for his plea to aggravated identity theft, plus up to five years for the hacking count. The total maximum sentence was therefore seven years imprisonment.

This, plus a “three-year period of supervised release”; a $500,000 fine or “twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offenses, whichever is greatest”; and a “mandatory special assessment of $200”. His actual sentence was therefore considerably less severe than it could have been.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.