CNN's Drew Griffin talks to Michael Brutsch, a.k.a Violentacrez on Reddit, a married father who anonymously posted disturbing and sexualized photos of young girls online. He is now apologizing for his posts.
Mr. Brutsch says, "It's all my fault. I take one hundred percent responsibility for everything I've done..." Brutsch added, "If I hadn't been allowed you know, to run wild, I wouldn't have"
Fort Worth, Texas (CNN) - An internet troll reviled for his pornographic posts on Reddit and recently revealed as a middle-aged software programmer told CNN that he made "a huge mistake."
For years, 49-year-old Michael Brutsch hid behind the online screen name "Violentacrez," creating hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as "Rapebait," "Incest," "Pics of Dead Kids," "Choke a Bitch," and "Rape Jokes." "Violentacrez" has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account.
Last week, Gawker revealed the identity of "Violentacrez," whose posts generated as many as 800,000 subscribers and triggered a debate about whether Reddit was criminally liable for the content of its forums. Reddit is a website where the popularity of posts - and whether they are featured prominently on the site's main page - is determined by registered users' votes.
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CNN's Drew Griffin talks to Michael Brutsch, a.k.a Violentacreza on Reddit, a married father who anonymously posted disturbing and sexualized photos of young girls online because, he says, it was "addictive."
Even if you’ve never heard of Michael Brutsch from Arlington, Texas, you may be aware of what he’s done to distribute sexually suggestive pictures of underage girls online. Known as Violentacrez on Reddit, his real identity was exposed by Gawker last week. Tonight in an exclusive interview on AC360°, Brutsch tells CNN’s Drew Griffin about the disturbing content he created, why he became a notorious Internet troll, and the consequences of losing anonymity.
Brutsch, 49, says moderating “Jailbait,” which he created in 2008, and other sections of the site was his way of relaxing after work, which he no longer finds necessary because he’s now out of a job. He agreed to the interview because he wants to clear up what’s been said about him. Although he posted about sexually assaulting his stepdaughter, he says he never did. He only made that up as part of his Reddit character to boost Violentacrez’s credibility as “ the king of posting porn.” He also wants to make it known that he didn’t start a section called “Creepshots,” a collection of pictures taken of unsuspecting women, but was asked to moderate.
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