The man who admitted to hacking into a website during the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio rape case was sentenced to 24 months in prison Wednesday.
Deric Lostutter pleaded guilty to charges of illegally accessing a computer and lying to an FB agent.
He admitted that in December 2012, Lostutter and Noah McHugh hacked into a fan website created for Steubenville High School sports teams. Two of the school’s football players had been arrested in August 2012 and were being held in custody. The Department of Justice said that Lostutter said he hacked the website to not only draw attention to the rape case, but to gain publicity for his online identity, and to harass and intimidate the website’s owner.
In a video, Lostutter, who was wearing a mask, threatened to reveal personal, identifying information of Studebenville High School students. Documents also show that he falsely claimed that the administrator of the sports fan website was a child pornographer and directed a “rape crew”. The video was publicly posted along with a manifesto, and the victim’s private emails were downloaded and posted to the website.
Documents say that on or around April 16, 2013, Lostutter knowingly and willfully made false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by saying he had not written the manifesto and that he had not accessed the password-protected account management page of the website, and that he had not changed the password for the website.
“Ensuring proper online security and privacy is critically important to all of us,” said Carlton S. Shier, IV, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Computer hacking and cyber harassment create real victims, causing enormous damage to real people, organizations, and institutions. This type of conduct simply cannot be tolerated and the great work of our FBI partners in this matter validates our ongoing efforts to protect the public from illegal computer intrusions and other cybercrime.”
Lostutter will be on supervised release for three years following his sentence. The Department of Justice also said that he was issued a $5,000 fine.