Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Day Trips: 10 ways to have fun outside near San Antonio

Day Trips: 10 ways to have fun outside near San Antonio

Outdoor Issue 2014: Who wouldn’t love to take a long trip to the Rocky Mountains or the Adirondacks, but let’s get real: not all of us have time (or the... By Mark Reagan 9/24/2014
Best Korean Restaurant

Best Korean Restaurant

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email


Confessions of a revenge pornographer

Photo: , License: N/A

When we first talked with East Texas attorney John Morgan a week after he filed his lawsuit targeting Texas revenge porn, the number of women signed on to say they were victimized had nearly doubled.

Morgan is suing on behalf of 32-year-old Hollie Toups of Beaumont and some 30 other women whose vindictive exes uploaded their nude photos to the revenge porn website, complete with Facebook profiles to identify the women. Morgan claims some of the women weren't even aware the photos were taken — such as secret shower shots. 

In an interview last week, Morgan told the Current these women come from Louisiana all the way down to Austin and Houston. In the coming months Morgan expects countless more to join the class-action lawsuit, which claims invasion of privacy and mental anguish. Morgan now joins a growing movement of attorneys trying to hunt down and eradicate the revenge porn industry. His lawsuit names website hosting company, “all subscribing members” to, and the site's administrators as defendants.

But the site's administrators, who Morgan calls “punks” and “scum of the lowest order” remain unknown. The name and address registered with the site are fake. Still, last week Morgan got a taunting email from a “James Smith” purporting to be's administrator, in which he said, “I think that this is a great game and I am certain that those girls deserved it 110%.”

“James,” in a series of emails with the Current this weekend, refused to talk over the phone or tell us who/where he is — he claims he's somewhere overseas and says, “[G]ood luck in trying to get service of process. Good luck in trying to survive summary judgment. And good luck in trying to collect any judgment.”

The exchange does, however, offer some insight into the minds behind the revenge porn game.

“I would ask you for a moment to step back, close your eyes, and pretend that instead of talking about a website, we substitute the term 'bathroom wall' instead,” James wrote. “What websites like Texxxan do is no different than writings on the bathroom wall from our childhood, albeit writ large on a World Wide scale.”

Revenge porn has become a legal grey area. In the past, victims have sued similar websites over copyright infringement, privacy, and even laws requiring pornographers keep written records documenting age to ensure no minors are pictured. But proprietors of revenge porn websites like fall under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides that websites aren't liable for user-submitted content. It's unclear how a suit like Morgan's might shake out in the courts.

Citing the CDA, James told us, “In my opinion this lawsuit is hilarious and a waste of time.” He insisted lawyers like Morgan actually make life harder for these women, engaging them in widely-publicized legal disputes. “I feel badly for those girls who will now be forever more dragged in the mud. Every time a prospective employer Googles their name, they will see this lawsuit and see their pictures. Every time. Forever.”

Recently in News
  • Mayoral Horse Race During the September 18 city council meeting, before the $2.4 billion Fiscal Year 2015 budget was approved, Mayor Ivy Taylor received thunderous applause from... | 9/24/2014
  • SAPD Didn’t Get Guns from Military Surplus Program After a white police officer shot an unarmed black man in a small St. Louis suburb, a national conversation about race rocketed into a national... | 9/24/2014
  • Panhandling Proposal Lacks Supporters, and Logic Support is dwindling for San Antonio Police Chief William McManus’ proposal to ticket those of us who want to give change or food to a homeless person... | 9/24/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus