Notorious Reddit Troll Is Apparently a 50-Something Software Engineer in Arlington [Updated: Definitely]

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Newsflash: Reddit can get creepy. Really creepy. The hugely popular internet community has been in the news over the past few years because of various gross subreddits (message boards devoted to specific topics). Some of them, like the one devoted to sharing sexualized images of young girls, titled, "r/Jailbait," get shut down repeatedly due to media attention and widespread outrage. Then they resurface a few days or weeks later, like horrible little mold spores.

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Until a couple days ago, a Reddit user who went by the name "Violentacrez" was a moderator and prolific commenter on a slew of disturbing sexually-themed subreddits, including r/Jailbait, and one devoted to bestiality and one called r/CreepShots, which posts voyeuristic photos of women and teenage girls as those women try to walk around in public without having gross idiots take violating photos of them. (We're intentionally not linking to any of these pages.)

"VA," as most other Reddit users refer to him for short, recently deleted his account and scrubbed a lot of his comments, including one that listed every subreddit he created or moderates. The reason? He was worried that Adrian Chen, a writer for Gawker, had discovered his identity and was going to unmask him. And according to a slew of commenters and the man's own comments that he left behind, Violentacrez is a 50-something software engineer who lives in Dallas. Hooray for us.

VA, who sometimes referred to himself as "Reddit's creepy uncle," created this thread six days ago, dedicated to answering users' questions about him. Somebody asked if he's ever been recognized in real life, and perhaps punched in the face, by someone he's posted creepy photos of.

No, VA replied. "No, and not only because I don't do things like that. I organized the first few Dallas meetups, and I've met my share of redditors IRL [in real life], and no one has punched me in the face yet." A moment later, he claims that the account is run and used by multiple people, which seems to be an attempt to cover his ass.

In another post answering questions about himself, VA reveals that he moved to Texas a few years back, where he enjoys "a wonderful family life." This was in the midst of a thread where he was reminiscing about performing oral sex on his 19-year-old stepdaughter.

He's no longer married to the girl's mother; VA's current wife is also on Reddit, under the name not_so_violentacrez. She posts about living with fibromyalgia, and wrote earlier today that she hopes the "dramatic issue going on with my husband and reddit" doesn't harm her relationship with the other posters. She signs her name "Notty." VA has written that his wife "knows everything about me" and is "pretty much the opposite of me."

VA has deleted images of himself and several posts answering questions about what he does for a living. But as Chen wrote last year, he revealed in other posts across the site that he was in his 50s and works as a software engineer.

By the way, Reddit users have responded with outrage to Adrian Chen's attempts to unmask Violentacrez, decrying it as an attack on "free speech." One subreddit, r/Politics, has banned links from Gawker . Someone also posted a tribute thread to VA, in which he is described as "an absolute gentleman."

Always classy, that Reddit.

Update, 4:15 p.m.: Chen has published his article on Violentacrez. His real name is Michael Brutsch, and he is a 49-year-old programmer who lives in Arlington. Brutsch pleaded with Chen "in an affectless monotone" not to reveal his real name and insisted he is not a pedophile. In a private subreddit with fellow moderators a few days ago, he appeared briefly. He said he misses posting porn.


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rufuslevin
rufuslevin

somehow I bet his computer code is crappola also.

 

fire this idiot before he puts porn in your software.

 

hope his employer gets a huge sexual discrimination lawsuit from some woman that works with mr. brilliant "engineer".

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

yep...this is the class that elected Obama and his crowd of perverts and crooks.

This is not the America of YOUR FATHER....this is the America of Larry Flint.

chasd00
chasd00

Well there's nothing so bad on the Internet that you can't find something worse. Still I think exposing the real identities of these people is a perfect free speech response to their own brand of free speech. I have no sympathy for him :shrug: live by the sword die by the sword.

AdriannaPuffington
AdriannaPuffington

>I don't get this at all. How does a guy posting t

>his sick shit on some underground website get notoriety?

 

1. Reddit is the 65th largest website in the internet

 

2. Michael Brutsch created an underage erotic picture posting forum called Jailbait on Reddit for about 2 years.  It was just one of many but it was the largest.

 

3. Reddit benefited from that underage site as it generated literally millions upon millions of page views (and hence advertising dollars) for them

 

4. Reddit is owned by Conde Nast publishers.

 

So that's how that sick,sick man gains notoriety.

 

One last thing - this man is a confirmed purveyor of underage erotic pictures. In Chen's article there appears this description of Brutch's household, ""A bunch of neighborhood kids were over playing at his house."  Brutch is known to have NO YOUNG CHILDREN. Is anyone else uncomfortable with  a man like that in an Arlington neighborhood?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I don't get this at all. How does a guy posting this sick shit on some underground website get notoriety?

hotchocolateliberal
hotchocolateliberal

Psychopathy/Narcissistic Personality Disorder in action. These sick fcks are always for exploiting the vulnerable until their bully masks are ripped off and it's THEY who are vulnerable. 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

He does fit the profile.

That's why I got out of web development in the Dallas area.The community is saturated with psychopaths.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

sounds like profiling.

TSTS
TSTS

Making Dallas proud. Good reporting!

Tots4Masses
Tots4Masses

@Dallas_Observer @Gawker ITS NOT ME!!!!! I SWEAR!!!!

NotAnon
NotAnon

 @rufuslevin Sometimes I cringe when people tell me this country is going to shit.   Then I read ridiculously ignorant comments like yours and start believing it.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@chasd00 - the age of unaccountability on the net is coming to an end.

ket354
ket354

@christopher168 What I found hilarious was the outcry that Reddit society demands respect for the anonymity of the posters. This guys whole persona was based on no respecting societal norms and then he gets upset when someone doesn't respect his society's norms. Precious, just so precious.

perfido
perfido

 @christopher168 "Free speech" just means there are limits on how the *government* responds to citizens' speech. It doesn't mean one should be allowed to post pictures of underage girls with impunity. And yes, Michael Brutsch should be held accountable for his choices. That's pretty much what's happening.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@bvckvs - Eventually, someone will flatten his tires, that's what happens to psychopathic Dallas web developers.

pak152
pak152

 @TSTS actually making Arlington proud since he lives there not Dallas

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @NotAnon GLAD YOU ARE ABLE TO CRINGE.  BEATS BOWING DOWN TO FOREIGN KINGS.  RIDICULOUSLY IGNORANT IS A HIGH COMPLEMENT FROM ANY LIB.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

 @albert.finney000  @bvckvs

     Finney here is another, just like the Reddit creep.  A 50-year-old local web developer who spends all day every day posting the most vile crap - including pedophilia and the most violent threats..

     He's posted this veiled threat to cut my tires on no less than a dozen sites and has been at it for months.  Some days, he makes as many as a few hundred such pots.

     No reason for it.  No logic to it.  No profit to it.  But he does it over a hundred times every day - and has been at it under this one identity for like ten years!

     What could possibly go so wrong in some fool's life that leaves them in *that* state of mind?

Daniel
Daniel

 @rufuslevin  @NotAnon While I acknowledge that Obama clearly is responsible for twisted Internet porn -- and it's a matter of public record that  middle-aged, white pedophiles who work in the IT industry are the "class" who voted him into office, for no other reason than to spite MY FATHER and to assert solidarity with Larry Flynt -- I cannot see how his foreign policy differs from that of Bush. It's indistinguishable.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

 @bvckvs 

 

Whoa, someone had a rough day.

 

Just a suggestion, but if someone is threatening you or your property on the internet, you should take those threats to authorities. Tell them you're a web developer, it'll all make sense.

 

Kook.

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