A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to charges associated with hacking into an Ohio high school’s football team’s online account in an attempt to expose members of the team who raped a teenage girl in 2012.
While he did break the law in spite of his very noble cause to do so, here’s the kicker, though: he could face a longer prison sentence than the actual rapists.
RT News reports:
Earlier this week, Deric Lostutter, 29, known online as “KYAnonymous,” pleaded guilty in federal court in Kentucky to one count of conspiracy and one count of making false statements to law enforcement agents for his hack of the Steubenville (Ohio) High School football fan website Roll Red Roll in December 2012.
Lostutter has said he hacked into the site to expose information about the gang rape of an unconscious teenage girl from West Virginia by members of the football team. Two of those team members, Trent Mays and Malik Richmond, were eventually sentenced to serve time — two years and one year, respectively — in a juvenile detention center for rape and kidnap.
The Roll Red Roll site was hacked with a video from “KYAnonymous” which showed evidence of the 2012 rape, including video taken and shared by the crime’s perpetrators in which they joked about the assault. The hack also included threats to disclose details of the school faculty members and parents involved in covering up the rape if those who were responsible didn’t come forward and apologize.
In a plea agreement, Lostutter said he conspired with another hacker, Noah McHugh, to access the fan site in December 2012, four months after arrests were made in the case. The pair intended “to bring attention to the August 2012 rape, to harass and intimidate people, and to gain notoriety and publicity for their online identities,” according to Lostutter’s plea agreement, Reuters reported.
According to a report by Reuters, Lostutter could face up to five years in prison for each charge and will be sentenced in March.
He won’t likely be sentenced the maximum punishment but nonetheless, it’s ridiculous to think that he is being charged with anything at all, especially when you consider the facts of the rape case. There was a massive conspiracy to hide the incident and protect the perpetrators who drug around an unconscious 16-year-old girl from party to party and repeatedly raped her. Someone needed to expose this!
The charge that there was a conspiracy to cover up this horrific incident isn’t just a theory. Four school officials, including the superintendent, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to this incident and another rape case involving a 14-year-old girl. In 2015, the school’s technology director pled guilty to charges related to the case for deleting pictures and other information off of the superintendent’s computer in an attempt to hide the rape. How disturbing is that?
The fact that this young man is being punished for exposing what these despicable adults tried to cover up is everything wrong with this twisted era of ours.
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