Anonymous Activist Who Exposed Steubenville Rape Could Spend More Time In Jail Than The Rapists
Deric Lostutte leaked vitally important evidence that helped convict two boys for their brutal rape of a 16-year old girl. When he shared his information with the world, he didn't expect to be potentially facing more jail time than the rapists themselves.
Deric Lostutte, who goes by the screen name of KYAnonymous, has revealed that the FBI unexpectedly raided his home in Winchester, Kentucky on April 15. The man, who was handcuffed and told to wait outside his house, is being targeted for his connection to the Anonymous leak that released troubling evidence of the horrible rape of a 16 year-old in Steubenville on social media outlets. As you may recall, the Steubenville football players, who raped a semi-conscious 16 year-old last August, left traces of extremely disturbing evidence of the brutal sexual assault on Instagram, Twitter, and even Youtube.
After Lostutter obtained the evidence that the rapists and their friends had left behind, he shared it with the world. He never believe the FBI would come pounding on his door in return.
"As I open the door to great [sic] the driver approximately 12 F.B.I. Swat Team agents jumped out of the truck screaming for me to 'Get The F**k Down' with m-16 assault rifles and full riot gear armed safety off, pointed directly at my head," Lostutter wrote.
"They seized my laptop, my girlfriend's laptop, flash drives, music CDs, an external hard-drive, two cell phones and my brother's xbox 360 for some reason," he explained to Huffpost reporters.
Deric Lostutte is asserting that he never hacked anyone. He didn’t need to, since the rapists took care of sharing the impugned information widely. Huffington Post reports that Lostutte actually got all of the social media posts through Michelle McKee, who had acquired them from blogger Alexandria Goddard. Again, no hacking was involved (or necessary) since the boys purposely shared the evidence of their violent crime online. Lostutte thinks he is being suspected in the hacking of Steubenville's High-School Big Red Football Team's fan page. The site and the administrator's email was the target of hacking in December. Lostutte maintains that he had nothing to do with it.
According to Huffington Post, the warrant left behind by the FBI agents indicates that Lostutte may be charged federally with "computer crimes," "aggravated identity theft," and "identity theft, attempt and conspiracy." According to Mother Jones, that could land him with a 10 year prison sentence.
Meanwhile, the two football players Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays, who were found guilty of raping the semi-conscious 16 year-old and distributing her naked photo online, were given one and two year sentences independently.
Lostutte is still shocked but he's not afraid. He believes that this aggressive investigation is the work of local officials in Steubenville who feel like they were discredited. "They want to make an example of me, saying, 'You don't f*cking come after us. Don't question us," Lostutte explained to Mother Jones. He's happy to have helped with an investigation to get two rapists behind bars and, given the chance, he wouldn't change anything he's done. "I'd do it again," Lostutter proudly told Mother Jones.
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