Mr. Sandler said he has a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, which the university confirmed. He later traveled to Cambodia and started a pornographic Web site called "Welcome to the Rape Camp."
"I had a sex scandal," he said.
An online search yielded news accounts of the site, like a 1999 article by The Associated Press that identified Mr. Sandler by his original name. The Cambodian police arrested Mr. Sandler that year and quickly deported him, according to news media accounts and Mr. Sandler. He insisted the women on the site were not harmed and were paid $20 per performance.
On Tuesday, he said the notoriety from the Rape Camp case led him to change his first name to Adam, and he asked that the original name not be included in this article. "I did run a porn site in Cambodia," he said.
Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.