Grillin dinner. pic.twitter.com/nSvHWWkxki— Deric Lostutter (@DericLostutter) June 29, 2016
Deric Lostutter, a member of the hacktivist group Anonymous who exposed two rapists, was indicted on four felony charges on Thursday.
The Kentucky-based hacker revealed social media evidence that was crucial in the conviction of two Steubenville, Ohio high school football players in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old inebriated girl.
According to Mic, Lotstutter is accused of threatening the two teen rapists as well as school officials who assisted in covering up the boys’ crime.
He will be tried under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act under the premise that the computer and online accounts he allegedly helped hack were “affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication”
He also faces charges for gaining unauthorized access to the high school football team’s Facebook fan page and the owner’s email address in addition to leaking private content, such as the video footage of the players bragging about the assault.
On top of everything else, he allegedly lied to investigators by denying his involvement in the hack.
If convicted of all the charges against him, Lostutter could spend up to 16 years behind bars, which is more prison time than the actual rapists in the case served.
One of the teens, Trent Mays, served two years while the other, Ma'lik Richmond, served just 10 months.
Lotstutter is now married and expecting a child, so this trial looming over his head has stirred a great deal of concern for his family’s future.
"My lawyer and I are currently reviewing the indictment that aims to give me a maximum of 8 times the time the convicted rapists got," Lostutter said. "I am just trying to live a normal life and start a family. So yes, [the indictment] has increased stress. I want to be there when my baby is born."
While his actions may have crossed some legal boundaries, it is disturbing that a whistleblower who, for all intents and purposes, did the right thing could end up serving more jail time than two convicted rapists combined.
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