Hacker Who Exposed Steubenville Rape Case Could Spend More Time Behind Bars Than The Rapists

Some could say 26-year-old Deric Lostutter, the hacker who brought the Steubenville rape case to the public’s attention, was a hero. Others, would probably call him a hacker that deserves to serve up to 10 years in jail for his actions.  According to Think Progress,  Lostutter’s house was raided in April and he believes the FBI investigation was motivated by Steubenville officials. The hackers leaked significant social media evidence implicating the assailants — including tweets, Instagram photos, and a 12-minute video of Steubenville high schoolers joking about the rape

Think Progress reports:

“They want to make an example of me, saying, ‘You don’t fucking come after us. Don’t question us,’ ” Lostutter explained. Those type of power dynamics played out over the course of the sexual assault trial in the tiny Ohio town, where many leaders in the community — like the high school football coach — played some role in covering up the rapists’ crimes because that was easier than disrupting the status quo.

The two teens who were convicted of rape, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, face up to two years in a juvenile detention facility. Because they’re both minors, neither of them will spend as much time behind bars as Lostutter potentially faces. Lostutter is preparing for a costly legal fight, and crowdsourcing outside donations to help him fund it.

The site soliciting donations points out that “Deric had the courage to stand up against rape.” And he says he would do it again, despite the potential consequences.

Anonymous continues to involve itself in exposing sexual crimes. After the intense harassment leveled against a Canadian teenager following her alleged gang rape led her to take her own life, Anonymous stepped in to demand justice, claiming their hackers were quickly able to identify the assailants.

If convicted of hacking-related crimes, Lostutter could face up to 10 years behind bars, which is far more than the one- and two-year sentences the rapists received. He thinks getting involved was worth it. “I’d do it again,” he says.

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  • MimiLuvs

    Ain’t that some sh*t…

  • The Comment

    mmmmm *sipping coffee* sexy white boy can hack me.

    Anyways. …this is scary. The FBI ain’t chit. The damn Russian equivalent of the FBI had to call the U.S. to warn them about the would be Boston Bombers,”Hey you got some soon to be naturalized terrorist in the making over here. Getting radicalized and whatnot. They visited the mosque at 9:09, 9:30, 10:32. Took a dump @ noon. Prayed 5x’s then went to the beach.” But they wanna raid an American citizens house for what…….proving that ole’ girl was indeed raped!

    It must be something in the water cause the white man is seriously slippin’ when it comes to prioritizing what crimes to prosecute and which ones to leave the hell alone.

    All they trying to do is put fear in hackers who have power to expose ALL the BS going on 24/7.

    • Weird

      That guy is a nerd, you are just like those black men that chase fat white women.

    • Simone L

      Yeah. He can hack me TWICE. You hear me? TWICE!!!

  • talaktochoba

    only in Amerika…

  • The evidence he published was already in police custody and used to arrest these boys months before Michelle McKee, an NCIB and media washout, conned him to get involved to help make HER famous and use his “hacker” friends to harass others she had years of feuding with. The did just that.

    All that aside the fact remains is that he bragged about having control of the website. He is being investigated for his involvement. He is not being charged with bringing attention. Not to mention this hack was to a site not involved with neither the case, school, or anyone involved in the case and practically accused the owner of being involved in a rape crew that did not exist, a pedophile and involved in the Savanna Dietrich case as well. Causing this man and many uninvolved students, and their families to have their names dragged through the mud, harassed, threatened and stalked.

    In the end he uncovered no new evidence, revealed no new suspect other than those already in custody and court months ago and who were arrested days after the crime and thus exposed NO cover up.

    All he got was information and evidence already in police custody and followed up, it was not hacked info but gained through McKee who weeks prior to his public appearance, manipulated him to terrorize the boy suing her friend Alex Goddard for her blogs comments against him who was also exonerated from the rape, who soon after dropped the suit and was writing apology to her and HIM.

    Some are refusing believe or just blind (including many journalists)to these obvious and well documented facts and some will try to spin the point that his antic….no crimes, make it worth it because of the “attention” (even though it was attention the victim did NOT want and whose name HE helped make public). Is the attention really that worth commit crimes that did not further the case and in someways almost compromised it, left a town of innocents in terror, kids traumatized and many good names ruined?

    Then there’s the fact that this hero to women and women rights has a public video blogs where he refers to women as “bitches” , “indecisive” and whose only good option for abortion is that the “bitch better swallow”.

    Sorry if not everyone else is so moved by such “heroics” and think that it has earned him a free pass as a thank you.