Hacker known as KYAnonymous faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in Steubenville, Ohio, hack
11/23/2016 03:12 PM
LEXINGTON – A North Carolina man linked to the hacker group Anonymous who drew renewed national attention to a rape involving high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of conspiring to illegally access a computer and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Deric Lostutter, 29, formerly of Winchester, gained notoriety as “KYAnonymous” after he and an accomplice — Noah McHugh, known as “JustBatCat” – hacked into a fan website for the Steubenville High School football team RollRedRoll.com in December 2012 and posted a video of himself wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and threatening to reveal personal information about others with knowledge the crime unless they apologized to the victim and her family.
The website administrator’s emails, including nude photographs of women with whom he was interacting, were also publicized by the pair, who prosecutors say falsely accused him of involvement in child pornography and directing a “rape crew.”
He faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and $250,000 in fines, with prosecutors prepared to drop two charges related to invasion of privacy and damaging a computer. McHugh pleaded guilty to illegally accessing a computer Sept. 1, according to federal court records.
Two football players found guilty of the August 2012 rape of an unconscious 16-year-old West Virginia girl served one and two years, respectively, in a juvenile facility.
They had been charged with the crime weeks after it occurred and months before Lostutter’s and McHugh’s hack of the Steubenville High School fan website, and coaches and school administrators have also been convicted of various charges related to their responses to the incident.
Lostutter, wearing a gray suit, told U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves that he wanted to do something about a perceived cover-up of the incident “because no one else was.”
“We wanted to stand up for a girl who had no voice and went about it the wrong way,” he said.
Lostutter’s attorney, Frederic Jennings of the Brooklyn, N.Y., firm Tor Ekeland PC, declined to elaborate after Wednesday’s hearing.
“I think the comment speaks for itself, more or less,” Jennings told reporters outside the federal courthouse.
He said Lostutter, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following a “sizable and aggressive” 2013 FBI raid on his home, is “excited to get this moved on.”
“Deric’s got a recently born premature child and is excited to get back home, back to his wife, back to his baby and back to work,” Jennings said.
Lostutter is scheduled to be sentenced 9 a.m. March 8.
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