Former Kentucky hacker sentenced to federal prison opens up in exclusive interview

04/21/2017 04:06 PM

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — Days before being called back to Kentucky and found to be in violation of the terms of his release, Deric Lostutter sat in his North Carolina apartment reliving the past and contemplating his future.

Lostutter, the former online activist and hacker known as “KYAnonymous,” was put behind bars weeks earlier than anticipated after a federal judge found him to be in violation of the conditions of his release — something he disputes from a jail cell in Grayson County.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves found Lostutter violated terms of his release which prohibited him from accessing the Internet though any electronic device.

Last week, the judge heard testimony from a probation officer stating that a social media posting by Lostutter’s wife of Deric giving the middle finger violated the order by the judge, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

From a Grayson County Jail cell, Lostutter passed along a statement to Jennifer, his wife, about being reprimanded into federal custody weeks before his May 8 report date.

He stated that Judge Reeves’ attitude was one of “you should have controlled your wife.”

The 29-year old has been in and out of court ever since he played a role in garnering additional national attention to the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, by two of the local high school team’s star football players. The players were later convicted and sent to juvenile detention. One player spent a year in the juvenile system, the other two years.

The former Winchester resident was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiring to illegally access a computer and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

In an exclusive interview with Spectrum News, Lostutter refuted claims from the acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Carlton Shier, who said the hacker sought attention to further his own online persona. Lostutter said he had already gained notoriety for other “operations” the hacking collective had pursued prior to Steubenville, though he was unable to speak publicly about all of those online examples.

“He wasn’t bringing to light any other crime or cover-up,” Shier said of Lostutter’s involvement in the Steubenville rape case.

“He did not aid the criminal investigation — as a matter of fact, he hurt it,” Shier continued. “So that’s why his vigilantism is all the worse.”

Lostutter says there was a cover-up and that four school officials had been indicted.

Shier also said Lostutter caused “a lot of turmoil in the town.”

“It damaged a lot of people,” Shier said. “People were getting threats and it was an ugly time for these people that had to live through this, and that’s all because of what he did.”

However, Lostutter says there’s only one victim — “that is the rape victim.”

While he wouldn’t hack the Steubenville fan website, Lostutter says he would “do it again as far as coming to investigate the case” and continue to draw attention to issues to media.

After he serves his time, Lostutter says he hopes to help people and set a good example for his newborn daughter.

To follow more of his family’s story, they’ve set up a website at

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



  • Geoff Young wrote on April 22, 2017 07:00 AM :

    The FBI has too much time on its hands. Our last several presidents have been war criminals and aggressors, and the corrupt, politically cowardly FBI refuses to investigate them. Bill Clinton committed the same war crime Saddam Hussein was infamous for – aggression – against Yugoslavia in 1999. Dick Cheney & George W. Bush committed aggression against Iraq, starting in 2003, and the FBI got involved then. They helped the White House war criminals interrogate Iraqi prisoners. From 2011 on, the “Justice” Department did nothing to bring Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton to justice for murderous aggression against Libya & Syria. Their hypocrisy is nauseating. Now Trump has murdered civilians in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Our “Justice” Department employs hypocrites who routinely let the most evil war criminals in the world go free. Now Presidents boast about their war crimes in speeches to Congress. The FBI has time to persecute hackers who uncover official wrongdoing, but no time to investigate war crimes. President Trump and the CIA are the worst war criminals at large in the world today. The FBI should investigate all of their bloody crimes.

  • murtwitnessone wrote on April 22, 2017 07:49 PM :

    I was at both hearings concerning Mr Lostutter. Judge Reeves expressed in both of the hearings his disdain at Mr Lostutter’s conduct. Mr Lostutter seems to think he is above the law.

    His actions did nothing to solve the rape case nor did he expose any corruption. He along with his accomplice Noah McHugh gained unauthorized access to a sports booster website. As a result, they spread false and damaging information about the administrator accusing him of being a sexual predator.

    Mr Lostutter and his accomplices also made threats to the local county prosecutor, as told in her victim impact statement.

    This constant attempt to come across as a hero to the Jane Doe rape survivor is both an insult and a crude attempt to use her for his own purposes. Mr Lostutter through his wife continue to Solicit donations for any number of reasons. Now Mrs Lostutter is claiming to need the funds due to the fact her husband can no longer provide a means of income.

    This is false. Mrs Lostutter qualifies for government assistance (welfare) due to being the single parent of two children. She also has a skill set that will enable her to find a decent paying job in which to support herself and her children.

    What Deric Lostutter confessed to was not just some hacker prank but instead was a sustained and intensive effort to bully those he had the false impression was covering up the alleged rape of Jane Doe.

    His efforts had the opposite effect. His barging into the case actually had the effect of causing potential witnesses to remain silent out of fear and may have resulted in more guilty parties not being brought to justice.

    That is Deric Lostutter’s true legacy.


  • Really, CN2, REALLY? wrote on April 23, 2017 09:11 AM :

    Congratulations, Nick.

    Confetti should rain down, a mariachi band should start up, and Ms. Kentucky should spring out, wearing her sash, to congratulate you! You are the ONE MILLIONTH member of the media to be be duped by derp-dee-Derpic Lostutter and his BS hacktivist routine. Did you even go to the site that you linked?! A well spent cup of coffee, browsing the Internet, would very quickly enlighten you the actual plight of Deric Lostutter. He’s no hacker, he’s no hacktivist, he’s not even the slightest bit of a social justice warrior. He’s an Internet beggar who lies to anyone who will repeat his gigantic lie so that he can steal some GIBME MONIES from people who believe the dribble that streams from unchecked media sources like yourself. He and his wife beg for money while living on fraudulent welfare. It’s all a CON! A judge declared it all a CON, anyone who has looked at Deric twice knows it’s ALL A CON, and you’ve done nothing here but help perpetuate, purvey, and re-package a very worn-out CON for a CONVICT. I should be brief. Please, people reading; look into this for yourself and don’t waste a penny of your hard-earned money on the gritting Lostutters and the media that makes it so easy. Form your own educated opinions. As for Nick and CN2, Don’t feel obligated to donate to the grift fund, you’ve already done your part. My stomach will turn every time I see channel 2 come up when I turn on the TV. Unchecked CN2 “media”? NEVER! CN2 lovely ladies of weather FOREVER!

    #Keepderic #takejenny2 #jobsNOTcons #frugal&google

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