Kentucky hacker who pushed for investigations into Steubenville rape could face 25 years in prison

11/26/2013 09:27 AM

Out of all the people facing prosecution relating to the rape of a 15-year-old in Steubenville, Ohio, the person who could face the longest prison sentence is the Kentucky man who tried to expose a cover-up in that community.

On Monday four school employees in Steubenville, including the superintendent of schools, were indicted on evidence tampering or obstruction of justice charges relating to last year’s investigation into the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

The case garnered national attention largely after a Kentucky man, Deric Lostutter, affiliated with the hacking and activist group Anonymous began spreading information about the case across the Internet.

Two teens on the high school’s football team were convicted of rape and sentenced in juvenile court in March. Since then, a grand jury has indicted six adults for a variety of charges, including Monday’s charges of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.

While the adults in the indictment could face years behind bars for the felonies for which they’re charged, Lostutter could face the most jail time of all — thanks to a nearly 30-year old federal law. Here’s how:


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