Anonymous Vigilante Faces 16 Years in Prison for Exposing Steubenville Rapists Who Walk Free

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If the release of a remorseless Stanford rapist, Brock Turner, from jail — after serving only three months out of a nine-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster in 2015 — outraged you; if the news of a Canadian judge faulting a 19-year-old rape victim for not doing enough to defend herself during the sexual assault — asking her questions like: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together? Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” — offended you; then probably the impending 16-year jail term for 29-year-old Deric Lostutter — an anonymous computer hacker who helped expose the atrocious 2012 Steubenville gang rape  of a 16-year-old girl — will move you to do something about the growing rape culture and judiciary’s failure to adequately sentence rapists.

The Attack

On the night of August 11, 2012 a heavily drunk high-school girl was raped at a party by several members of a local football team. The victim didn’t even know the full extent of the assault, until she saw videos and photos of the cruel act all over social media the next day. On August 22, only two players — Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond — were arrested on charges of rape and kidnapping, though the kidnapping charges were later dropped.

The Expose

From a local controversy, the gang rape turned into an all-out Internet crusade and made national headlines with high-level cover-ups, prosecutors colluding with coaches, and hackers leaking the evidences that led to the conviction of the two football players.

As a leading member of hacking group KnightSec, KYAnonymous (Lostutter’s alter ego) approached fellow hacker Noah McHugh (who went by the username JustBatCat on Twitter) to hack into RollRedRoll.com (the Steubenville High School sports fan website) to expose the cover-up by school administrators, as well as reveal the identities of other high-schoolers, as seen in the videos circulated on social media.

Between December 21 and December 25, 2012, the duo hacked RollRedRoll.com, posted a video showing several of its students joking about the rape victim – referring to her as “the dead girl” – and threatened to disclose details of the school faculty members and parents involved in covering up the gang rape, if the “rape crew” didn’t come forward and apologize.

After their video brought the Steubenville rape to the national attention, social media posts along with text messages, Smartphone videos and photos, and eye witnesses’ testimony provided enough evidence against the rapists.

On March 17, 2013, Mays and Richmond were convicted of the rape of a minor; while Richmond was back to playing football a few days after serving only 10 months out of a one-year sentence in a juvenile detention facility, Mays became the star quarterback at Ohio’s Hocking College after spending just two years behind bars.

The Indictment  

Instead of thanking Lostutter for exposing the rapists, the FBI raided his home and arrested him in April 2013. After pleading not guilty, Lostutter was released on supervised release while awaiting trial. In July 2016, he was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly “conspiring to access an online account to draw attention to a 2012 high-school rape case in Ohio.”

The four-count indictment charged Lostutter with three counts of unauthorized access of a computer affecting interstate communication to commit an invasion of privacy and libel, and one count of making a false statement to the FBI.

Tor Ekeland, Lostutter’s attorney, says he was surprised that an indictment came down three years after Lostutter’s home was raided by the FBI.

“I don’t understand why they are prosecuting somebody who basically helped expose the rape of a minor… This is not a situation where somebody, you know, hacked a hospital or took down a nuclear power plant.  This was an act of political protest about the rape of a 16-year-old girl.”

Earlier, McHugh pled guilty and admitted to hacking RollRedRoll.com. But on September 7, Lostutter pleaded not guilty to four felony counts. While his trial is scheduled to begin November 8, he faces up to 16 years in prison — five years for three hacking counts, and another year for lying to the FBI — if convicted.

“You get 16 years for forcibly entering your way into a computer, but you get one year for forcibly entering your way into a woman. I think that’s the precedent the government is setting here.”


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38 COMMENTS

  1. and this hacker gets out of prisos today and all others i believe i have that power and by having that power lets see what do they do with the rage of the people and hackers for exposing the illuminati games… fuck you hillary and illuminati… ussr is nazi… fuck off you all… and this seems to be prepared througout time while robbing hackers job and intelect… release all hackers now or you will take in your ass bitches of elite… now… rage is coming your way… why so slow process and trying to abduct the entire world… no one is arrested to do good things to the world and helping save the planet from politicians and banking cartels… release today or else… because to mess with me you elite will also DIE because my story is impossible to cover up, many people will know whys and how and or the world is free or we die all here right here right now… interesting deal… you can’t cover up my story…

    • seems sad people are blaming the illuminati and not the banking cabal get your facts strait people the two are polar opposites to assume the two together well thats another conspiracy in it self. welcome to disinformation!

    • The only thing that makes us different from animals is the fact that I can explain this now. Rage, animosity put us back on the turning wheel that will never stop until we stop ignoring that the wheel is and will keep turning. Everyone can have their revenge. But you would be lying to yourself if you believed that it would change anything inside you for the better. We need to change, we have the capacity to change. We are blind and ignorant the the only thin that makes us different and those who can, who have the chance and desire to see it- Get distracted by the pull of the likes of most comments on this video. Rage will have rage. But the fact that I can say that it doesn’t have to- Makes. Us. Different.

      We are the human species. The only thing we have above all the other species on Earth is our minds and that put us on the top of the food chain. And we are here now, thinking that it was it. Now we’re done. That is the stupidest thing we can do to ourselves.

      We do not realize that what makes us different is the fact that we /understand/. We don’t need to fight anymore. Now we need to take the next step. We’ve become the best predator in this world. The next step is to understand that we need to now use the same thing that gave us that capability, without aggression. We’re the human race. We’ve conquered our entire /world/. We’re safe to live now. Live in the now.

  2. and this also means russia and usa are on the same side, they would put hackers for leaking illuminati games on the web to free the world and russia is accomplice it is against the ideology and collides with ww3 nwo and end of the world and illuminati cards… all fake

    • Wow, you seem like a wonderful person. Yes, just let her suffer and keep your mouth shut. Yes, you know who did this to her, yes keep your mouth shut. You are a huge part of the problem. I hope others don’t have the same beliefs as you and that if someone hurts you, someone who whiteness it or has information about it comes forward. People should help people.

    • Ignorant people who stand for nothing are more guilty than the perpetrators of the bad deed because they know better. Stand by and watch evil deeds happen and you are what is wrong with society.

    • I agree, if you’re going to do something that is technically illegal, whether good attentions or not, you have to weigh the options. Perhaps this dude knew that he’s possibly go to jail for this. If he knew he’s possibly go to jail and accepted it, then good for him for doing this. If he thought he’d never get caught, and that jail wasn’t an option, than he’s just stupid.

    • Ha! So helping another human being is not their “concern”? So if something like this were to happen to you, you wouldn’t want someone on your side, helping you? That’s the problem with people like you, you just keep your mouth shut and step away from an issue instead of being a decent human being and stepping up for what is right. He did the right thing by exposing the rapists. I would have done the same thing if I could.

  3. Screw these fucking rich people man someone needs to instill fear into them so they start to feel that they are not above the law and in order for that to happen heads have to roll . You failed to teach your child the difference between right and wrong now your childs lifeless body is the consequence of that better luck next time you are part of the system not above it! Step forth vigilate justice!

  4. If he gets 1 year for lying to the FBI how much should Hillary Clinton get for lying multiple times? I know why they want to give him 16 years. To send out a message that whistleblowing the TRUTH will get you JAIL time. If the United States could get corrupted so can any country on earth. Proof, Hillary Clinton
    The demon herself sick from serious illnesses can have media power to lie for her even if it destroys Americas reputation to the world.

  5. WTF IS THIS BS !!! HOW DOES NOBODY SEE HOW THIS BEYOND WRONG.THAT GUY SHOULD BE REWARDED.THE HEADLINES SHOULD READ …SCHOOL UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ATTEMPTED RAPE COVERUP…..REALLY IF A JUDGE SENTENCES HIM TO ANY JAILTIME HE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE BENCH. JUSTICE PSHH THEY LL SAY WELLYOU CANT DO THIS AND DO THAT BLAH BLAH BLAH THAT DOESNT HELP A LITTLE GIRL WITH HER ISSUE..YA KNOW THE ONE WHERE SHE GOT GANGRAPED…WAKE UP PEOLPLE COME ON NOW JFC

  6. You kn owe woman in rusia can kill teyre rapist, tht some new law threre, and here he got only 9 mouth and go out wht to rape someone other, I would cut his lil toy its probably liltle 😛

    • maybe because as soon as they start to look closley at him, they find out that he is a well known internet panhandler and that this is his usual Modus Operandi

  7. How disappointing it is to read about Mr. Loustutter’s troubles. In every human system of justice, some individuals are given privileged treatment, and some are blatantly discriminated against. I still have to say that our American systeme of choosing prosecutors and judges by popular election, and the choice of either a bench trial or a jury trial is preferable to what is found in most countries around the world, however, as we can see i Mr. Loustutter’s case, this does not always lead to even handed justice.

    • THE GOVERNMENT FEARS HIM. HES A HACKER!!! HES SMART!!! But, to wrongly punish him for this noble act is so utterly wrong. Who do I write to about this in his defence? It’s sad to know that our government is capable of so much worse. My heart goes out to this boy, and to the girl he stood up for. Bless his heart. Maybe a Government job offer!!! Safer to keep him on their side!!! Snakes in the grass!!!

  8. He gets sentenced on November 8. Many are going to be trolls for tolls at the polls, that day. I hope those who can go will be present for DL during the tarring and feathering. That’s a lot of heat to handle alone at 30 years old. Especially for one of the good guys. He needs numbers.

  9. Personally, I kinda think he cares more about himself than the poor girl that was gang-raped. Kinda sad that there isn’t more of a vetting process on this site, then anon would be taken be more seriously. I also wish that this page would do a bit more research on the people they ‘defend’. This guy sues EVERYONE that seems to make a even slightly negative comment about him or hurts his widdle feewings (even on twitter. I’ll prob get a summons from him here in Australia lol). People like this guy WILL bring the entire Anon movement down from the inside (I have NO DOUBT that he would do a deal with the DA, work for the government and attempt to bring the entire movement down from the inside). He is, apparently, a con artist and he seems to be only at the start of a loooong career of ripping people of and trolling them using the Legal System he is supposedly fighting against(something that the administration of the US seems to be well aware of fortunately.) This page makes for some interesting reading http://anonhq.com/anonymous-vigilante-faces-16-years-in-prison-for-exposing-steubenville-rapists-who-walk-free/#comment-432487

  10. A great man Gaddafi once said – you watch unjustified force being on sidelines . If u don’t fight united, in no time u might be the next .
    Who knows whose girl would be next victim.

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