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Revenge-porn pro Brittain takes off 

Though he may not escape investigation

'I'm goin' out west where they appreciate me."

Craig Brittain posted that to Facebook last Saturday, then updated his profile to reflect a new city of residence: Phoenix.

Brittain, the owner and operator of isanybodydown.com, hasn't responded to Indy inquiries on his apparent departure from Colorado Springs. But he talked of leaving even back in December, when we first interviewed him about his revenge-porn website for our cover story, "The face of revenge". Chance Trahan, his buddy and site co-creator, lives outside of Phoenix.

Since the Indy's story, Brittain and his site, which hosts once-private nude photos and videos (usually submitted by a jilted ex), have been featured nationally on Inside Edition, with TV outlets in the Springs and Denver reporting on them, too.

But according to CBS4 in Denver, after its series of stories the station was contacted by an attorney with a "major federal agency ... considering a formal investigation" into Brittain and Is Anybody Down?

The TV station continued that the attorney "characterized the inquiry as a 'preliminary investigation' and asked that her name and agency not be revealed until a decision had been made on whether to go forward with a full-blown federal investigation."

When contacted by the Indy about that, Brittain dismissed the report as "false," pointing out that CBS4 reported information that couldn't be confirmed by a third party. "The source is the unnamed person that says they work for an unnamed federal agency," Brittain wrote in an e-mail. He didn't say whether he had been contacted in connection to an investigation.

But as Ken White, a former federal prosecutor and popular popehat.com blogger, writes to the Indy, "An investigating agency will often contact the defendant last."

White, who has been reporting on Brittain since October of last year, adds that the agency he suspects is behind the investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, wouldn't even contact Brittain until it files suit.

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