LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who admitted hacking hundreds of email accounts and stealing explicit photos from several celebrities has been sentenced to six months in federal prison
U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced Andrew Helton of Astoria, Oregon, to the prison term and two years of supervised release on Thursday.
Helton pleaded guilty in March to stealing 161 nude or explicit photos from 13 people, including unidentified celebrities. Authorities have said they do not believe any of the images he stole were publicly released.
His attorney contended Helton should not receive a prison sentence because the phishing technique Helton used was not technologically sophisticated. Helton said his arrest forced him to confront his mental health issues and change his life.
Prosecutors said his actions caused significant emotional harm to his victims.