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 http://dericlostutter.com

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. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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