Indictment returned against Kentucky Anonymous activist who sought to expose Steubenville rape case

07/08/2016 11:36 AM

Deric Lostutter, the former online activist known as “KYAnonymous” who helped garner national exposure of the rape and alleged cover-up of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, has been indicted on four felonies by a Kentucky federal grand jury.

The federal indictment handed down in Lexington alleges that Lostutter, who was living in Clark County in 2012, violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when he joined with at least one other person online and accessed computers without permission to “harass and intimidate” and “gain publicity for their online identities.”

The indictment comes years after the 2012 rape case, which saw two teenage high school football stars convicted of the rape in juvenile court, and the teens served one- and two-year terms in juvenile detention, respectively.

If convicted, Lostutter faces a maximum sentence of 16 years behind bars for his role in attempting to draw attention to the rape and alleged cover-up by the school to protect their star football players.

Lostutter told Pure Politics that he and his lawyer, who he identified as Brooklyn computer crime attorney Tor Ekeland, are currently in the process of reviewing the indictment.

According to the indictment, on Dec. 21 through Dec. 25, 2012, Lostutter asked an unnamed co-conspirator who used the online handle “JustBatCat” to help with a computer hack to “draw attention to the August 12, 2012 rape in Steubenville, Ohio.”

The indictment alleges the assistance Lostutter got allowed him to gain access to an email account which was then shared. The e-mail account allegedly had personal information and nude photographs of various females the account owner was in contact with.

By Dec. 23, 2012, the indictment states that Lostutter dawned a Guy Fawkes mask and threatened to disclose personal information about Steubenville High School students.

In 2013, Pure Politics sat down with Lostutter in Winchester months after his home had been raided by federal agents. The then-26-year old explained his motivations behind the case.

Watch the 2013 report with Lostutter below:

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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