Steubenville Hero Hacker May Do More Jail Time Than Rapists

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 09:01 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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A 26-year-old Kentucky cybersecurity consultant whose online activism helped bring attention to culprits in the Steubenville rape case told Mother Jones magazine he was raided by FBI agents in April in connection with his activity.

Deric Lostutter, who goes by the online alias KYAnonymous, could face up to 10 years in prison for hacking crimes, far less than the two Steubenville juveniles were convicted of in the March rape case, the magazine pointed out. The story appeared in the June 6 online version of the magazine.

"I'd do it again," Lostutter told Mother Jones, saying he believes the FBI was motivated by local officials in Steubenville. "They want to make an example of me."

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Mother Jones said agents were seeking evidence related to the hacking of RollRedRoll.com, the team's fan page, according to its search warrant. The FBI took two laptop computers, flash drives, CDs, an external hard drive, cell phones and an Xbox during the raid of Lostutter's home.

After a 16-year-old West Virginia girl was raped by two members of the Steubenville High football team last year, Lostutter obtained and published tweets and Instagram photos in which other team members had joked about the incident and belittled the victim.

Lostutter admitted to Mother Jones to being the man behind the mask in a video posted by another hacker on RollRedRoll.com, where he threatened action against the players unless they apologized to the girl.

The recovery of the online information from Lostutter and others hackers known as Anonymous forced local officials to reexamine the case and eventually file charges. In March, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond were found guilty of sexual assault in juvenile court.

Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in juvenile detention and Richmond a minimum of one year, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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The case roiled the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the local football team, a source of a pride in a community of 18,000 that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry.

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