Victims targeted for harassment on sex-offender websites pleaded with a Maricopa County, Arizona, jury to financially punish the owner and take away his ability to continue operating.
The jury listened.
In a unanimous verdict, jurors hit Valley businessman Charles "Chuck" Rodrick with a $3.4 million judgment on behalf of three people profiled on websites such as Offendex.com, SORArchives and SexOffenderrecord.com.
Rodrick is accused of running an Internet extortion racket that used public records maintained by law enforcement to demand money from sex offenders, harassing those who complained. Read the Arizona Republic story.