Deric was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury in Lexington, KY for crimes that fall under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act for computer crimes committed during his involvement in the Steubenville rape case. The indictment says Lostutter violated CFAA when he “knowingly and intentionally joined and voluntarily participated in a conspiracy” to access a computer without authorization. The purpose of the conspirators was to “harass and intimidate and to gain publicity for their online identities.” Although his indictment is not getting nearly as much media attention as his search warrant did, once again media is failing to provide factual details about his indictment. For instance,
Deric Lostutter, a member of the hacktivist group Anonymous, uncovered social media evidence that led to the conviction of two Steubenville, Ohio, football players, who were accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
Deric did not “uncover[ed] social media evidence that led to the conviction” of anyone. Social media evidence was gathered and processed by law enforcement even before I initially posted it here on August 26, 2012. Deric did nothing more than act as a social media bullhorn regarding the case. He did not “solve the rape case” as he proclaims nor did he get anyone indicted or charged for any crimes associated with the case. It simply did not happen that way. This is Deric’s imagination and part of Deric’s narrative that he believes will keep him relevant. THOUSANDS are to be thanked for bringing attention to the case…not just Deric Lostutter who wants to wear the white knight cape and savior of all the things.Deric is being charged with violating the privacy of an innocent man who ran the Steubenville High School football fansite. He is not being charged for exposing a rape case. He is not being charged for exposing corruption. He is being charged for being a pompous, arrogant asshole who targeted an innocent man, violated his privacy, and then went on to make false accusations against the man alleging that he was a “child pornographer” and ran his own “rape crew”. In violating this man’s privacy and making these false allegations, he also released private photographs found in his email account further victimizing innocent women, but that is something that Deric has proven over the years that he is comfortable in doing. Deric is the person who revealed Jane Doe’s real name when he released unredacted transcripts, and he victimized a South Carolina woman recently when he was posting his filth about Terry Elvis, the father of murdered/missing Heather Elvis. Deric didn’t care that he victimized this woman, only that he was posting salacious rumors which would harm the reputation of Mr. Elvis.
This is only one example of the long list of individuals that Deric has victimized over the years. Deric is no victim of the government in this instance. I am no fan of CFAA, but people like Deric are why the law exists. What he did to the gentleman who owned the Roll Red Roll fansite was done with no legitimate purpose, and simply to gain exposure for his then online identity, KYAnonymous. Since December 2012, Deric has freely admitted to media and anyone who would listen that he was responsible for accessing the website. He is a defense attorney’s nightmare because he cannot keep his mouth shut. Deric wears his V& (vanned) status like a badge of honor. He thinks in his twisted mind that being indicted gives him some sort of Anon street cred. Well, it is nothing to be proud of. It is not a badge of honor and whether Deric has realized it yet or not, his life is ruined. He is 29 years old with a child on the way, and he may not be around to see that child born. After doing time in federal prison he will not be able to get a decent job to support his family. Normal life as he knows it is over. Deric has spent the past 3+ years standing on the back of Jane Doe for his own personal gain. He has alienated and betrayed every single person that was ever kind to him because he wanted to showboat and take credit for work that other Anons had done.
Normally, I would rally behind those being charged with CFAA but not this time. Deric did this to himself, and because of his arrogance he is going to pay the ultimate price: his freedom.