Michael Brutsch, Arlington-Based Reddit Troll, Has Been Fired, and is Going on CNN Tonight

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Michael Brutsch, from his Facebook page
On Friday afternoon, Arlington's Michael Brutsch was catapulted squarely into his 15 minutes of fame, after a Gawker article outed him as Violentacrez, a well-known moderator and commenter on a slew of racist, misogynistic and sexually exploitative threads on the internet community Reddit. Just before Chen's story ran, we put up our own post, observing that Violentacrez appeared to be from the Dallas area.

See also: Notorious Reddit Troll Is Apparently a 50-Something Software Engineer in Arlington

Dallas Redditors who found their way to our post after the fact opined that it was "inflammatory ignorant garbage," a "parrot of what has already been written," "yellow journalism" and "nerd/reddit-baiting." You sweethearts, you.

The real-world consequences of Brutsch's unmasking have been swift. Posting under his "clean" Reddit name, mbrutsch, he revealed in a thread yesterday that he was fired from his job at a payday loan company by phone Saturday morning.

His employer found out about the article, he said, due to "hundreds of angry emails to [the company's] investor relations address." He and his wife, who is chronically ill with fibromyalgia and diabetes, are now without health insurance. Brutsch estimated they could survive about three weeks, and began soliciting donations via PayPal.

Brutsch remains adamant that the images of underage girls he posted or commented on don't constitute child pornography, and that his participation in r/Jailbait, the thread where they appeared, was only a small part of what he did on Reddit. "I posted a shit ton on reddit, across hundreds of reddits, only one of which was jailbait," he writes. "My Imgur account has over 28,000 images. Jailbait was only a tiny fraction of that. It's just the one everyone likes to complain about."

Although he's been a little vague about just how Chen discovered his identity, Brutsch says he was sold out by someone he met at a Dallas Reddit meetup: "The unedited picture from the Dallas meetup in Chen's article could only have come from one person." Comments from other Redditors indicate that Brutsch often revealed his username at in-person meetups, and often shared personal details about his life offline on the site.

Brutsch also revealed that he has a CNN interview scheduled for tonight, the only one he's planning on conducting.

Comments from other Redditors have ranged from supportive to downright hostile.

"My advice to you would be to take a long hard look at yourself and ask yourself who you really are, violentacrez or Mr. Brutsch," one wrote to Brutsch. "My personal view is just about anyone can redeem themselves if they truly put the effort into it. I hope you think about that option."

"Believe it or not," Brutsch replied, "It is at the top of my list."

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coltford
coltford

Legal? See Texas Penal Code Title 5 sec.21.15 Improper Photography or Visual Recording. This jerk lies throws his whole family under the bus then acts like he is the victim. 

 

Luis Cruz
Luis Cruz

He shouldn't be surprised. He told someone who he was. It's his fault

Escandon Victor
Escandon Victor

hahahaha should of thought of his sick wife before posting his garbage, and how it may effect his health insurance that is provided by his employer. but its his right to do whatever he wants and so can the employer.

hugomdavis67
hugomdavis67

Yes, please google Amanda Todd and Michael Brutsch, Also please read the article on Vice, they were able to connect the dots between the two of them and how Michael Brutsch destroyed Amanda Todd's life leading to her suicide.  

 

Here is the Vice link:  http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/a-jailbait-loving-perv-destroyed-amanda-todds-life

 

Michael Brutsch has blood on his hands and he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  You can troll all that you want but kids shouldn't be fair game for this loser or any of his kind.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

An ugly guy, working for an ugly business.  Wow, who's surprised?  By ugly, i'm referring to his psychology, not his unattractive face.

Guildenstern
Guildenstern

"...his job at a payday loan company..."

Well, at least if he runs a bit short on cash, he knows where to get a quick loan.

 

azimmiza
azimmiza

Google Amanda Todd & read what this stuff does to Kids/Adults. If you're going to post use your real name, that way you might think several times about the consequences of your acts.

monstruss
monstruss

Ah, Reddit...the Asperger community. You'd think this asshole would know better than to run his mouth off in public about being one of the biggest perverts on the internet. 

chasd00
chasd00

does _every_ software dev have to have an annoying mustache/goatee?

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Read the Gawker piece before you comment. Trust me.

leeeeeeeeee
leeeeeeeeee

This guy's going to have a hell of a time finding another job, like ever.

Jerzygirl45
Jerzygirl45

It's a shame that his wife is sick and they no longer have any health insurance.  The fact that this guy sees nothing wrong with posting creep shots of underage girls, however, is a bit disturbing. Just because  "Jailbait was only a tiny fraction" of what you post or that you're a little bit pedo does not make it ok. 

And I'm sure this was something his wife didn't need right now. Or ever.

AdrienChen
AdrienChen

Why don't you do us all a favor and follow your own advice?

rpMcMurphy
rpMcMurphy

 @AdultBabies

Maybe not, but Republicans are REALLY good at chopping and screwing a statement! 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @AdultBabies If it was YOUR underage daughter's photo that he lifted off of her Facebook account and put on Reddit so other perverts could jack off too it, would you even post what you did? Know what you are talking about. And what Liberals have to do with your argument shows you are a idiot.

dickeyae
dickeyae

 @AdultBabiesThe guy is a first rate stalker creep who bragged about getting oral sex from his own stepdaughter.  Not to mention that he seems to have a "thing" for underage teenagers in skirts.  Read the Gawker article. 

 

AdrienChen
AdrienChen

 @Jerzygirl45 It maybe tasteless or creepy, but it's not illegal. This guy has just as much right to post whatever the hell he wants so long as it's not illegal, just like you and I do. 

anna21
anna21

 @Jerzygirl45 That's exactly what I thought--I only posted a LITTLE bit of (near) childporn, guys! Jeez, you're so uptight!

 

As for the wife, he said she would be beside him in bed while he was posting porn and she posted cute stuff. If she knew what he was doing, well, lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

hugomdavis67
hugomdavis67

 @travishuse  @hugomdavis67  You were right and I stand corrected.  The piece of trash in this article didn't do it, it was another piece of trash.

 

The piece of trash in this article only steels pictures of children and posts them in his pedophile corner of the web.   However, I do stand corrected.

SpiralDrive
SpiralDrive

 @hrlymitxb  Not a lawyer, but don't have to be one to understand the law in this case. It's not a gray area. Also, something I didn't point out in my conversation that I usually point out is there have been several cases where men have been convicted solely on possession of jailbait pics where they had no so called "real" child pornography on their computers.

hugomdavis67
hugomdavis67

 @AdrienChen 

Why?  Honestly, why?  

 

Mr. Brutsch will never have a normal life again and outside of his small group of like-thinking individuals, he'll never be able to function again.

 

We may forget but Google search never will.

brighton1
brighton1

 @AdrienChen Nice try, Brutsch.  Shouldn't you be filling out fast food applications instead of trolling the web still?

AdrienChen
AdrienChen

 @GuitarPlayer  @AdultBabies If it was my underage daughter it would be my and her own fault for putting up that crap up online to begin with . If you can't raise your kid with enough care to have them understand that you can't just put up jailbait type stuff online then you fail as a parent and can't go around blaming others for seeing/spreading it around.

AdrienChen
AdrienChen

 @dickeyae  @AdultBabies No, just no. 

I don't care if the guy bragged about getting head from Hitler and Goebbels as they put Jews in the oven, last time I checked being a bragging creep is not a crime. If you have any evidence to the contrary please forward it to the authorities instead of bitching. And I won't give page hits to any of the crap that comes from  gawker media.

Daniel
Daniel

 @AdrienChen  @Jerzygirl45 Adrien,

 

You keep insisting that he never broke any laws. Well, neither did Gawker. You sad little fuckin' geeks. While people's looks don't or shouldn't matter, it just figures this dude is a grotesquely ugly man. Probably has the social skills of an eight-year-old. To  tell you the truth, I myself am ambivalent about the the ethics of outing this asshole. But you're not doing a very good job of making the case you think you're making.

hrlymitxb
hrlymitxb

 @GuitarPlayer  @AdrienChen 

>what? So people's kids need to be dressed in sweaters and long pants for photo's now?

Yes, that is exactly what needs to be done. And since you need it dumbed down for you, refer to Dave Chapelle's "Whore's Uniform"

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @AdrienChen  What? So people's kids need to be dressed in sweaters and long pants for photo's now? These were not girls acting like 22 year olds. I would think that a girl should be able to post a pic of herself in shorts or a dress. And then there are the photos of women in public too. I got to tell ya, some of you guys need to get laid, seriously. Like some have posted, before you defend this guy at least know what he did. Otherwise you look like douche.

 

Volta
Volta

 @AdultBabies  @AdrienChen I dont feel bad for her and she should of stayed in a hospital until she's officially cleared. I was pissed that she got back into the working world. Especially pissed at Wal-Mart for hiring her.

Volta
Volta

 @AdrienChen    But you also have to accept the consequences of said speech, you gormless idiot. Funny how you freedom fighters (lonely men) circle the wagon for over something like this.The creep took an advantage of a loophole and pushed the envelop with his pages. Besides, he's the one who openly gave the interview to Gawker. It wasn't like he was completely outed by them. ...and you won't missed on Gawker.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @AdrienChen    Yeah, may not be a crime but if you want to be an asshole and a creepy mutha you need to be ready for what springs up from the seeds you sow. One thing that is funny about trolls, they feel like they should be able to pull this crap and not face the consequences. Yeah, we have the 1st Amendment but that doesn't protect you from your own stupidity or douche baggery. 

hrlymitxb
hrlymitxb

 @miss-ashly  @AdrienChen  @Jerzygirl45 miss-ashly, I read the document you linked, and according to this, it appears that ANY image of any person, regardless of age or situation, that is deemed to be distributed with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of ANY person, without the consent of the subject, is illegal.

This is very broad and covers a disturbingly large field of scenarios, effectively establishing a definition of thought crimes.

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