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.