HACKER WHO BROUGHT ATTENTION TO STEUBENVILLE RAPE CASE TO SERVE MORE TIME THAN ONE OF THE RAPISTS

Deric Lostutter, a self-styled online vigilante who went by the handle “KYAnonymous,” has been sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday for his role in hacking a local high school football team website more than four years ago.

Lostutter initially denied his involvement. But in November 2016, he reversed himself and took a plea agreement in exchange for the prosecution dropping two of the four counts, including the hacking charge under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (The other two counts—conspiracy and making false statements—remained.)

“Not surprised by sentence, which is a year more than one of the rapists got,” Tor Ekeland, Lostutter’s attorney, told Ars by text message on Wednesday. “And on par with what one of the [other] rapists got.”

As Ars has reported previously, the case stretches back to 2012. After The New York Times published a December 2012 story detailing a horrific rape involving a teenage girl in Steubenville, Ohio, an activism campaign began. Spearheaded by someone calling himself “KYAnonymous,” the campaign targeted local officials whom the vigilantes felt weren’t taking the rape investigation seriously because the alleged perpetrators were high school football players.

Two teenage boys ended up being charged in the rape case, and when the case went to trial in March 2013, the two were convictedand sentenced to one to two years in prison.

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