Deric Lostutter, the Anonymous hacktivist who helped expose the brutal rape of a 16-year-old girl, faces more jail time for his actions than the football players convicted of committing the rape.
Lostutter posted a video of the rape on the high school football team's "Roll Red Roll" fan page, drawing national media attention to the brutal assault. He admits to appearing in the video behind the Guy Fawkes Anonymous mask, but denies having hacked the site. If convicted of hacking, he could face 10 years in jail— five times what the rapists face.
Lostutter, a 26-year old corporate cyber security consultant, was handcuffed and detained by the FBI in his small town of Steubenville, Ohio while the feds ransacked his house. Agents took his computer and Xbox, claiming they had a search warrant in connection to Lotstutter’s hacking of the Roll Red Roll website, which claims to be “the most famous high school website in the world!”
The website became infamous with the story of two “Big Red” high school football players who were charged with raping a 16-year-old girl who was drunk and unresponsive at a party.
Lotstutter also released a cell phone video of the attack and threatened to release the suspects’ personal information. He was bluffing, but it did the trick. The video went viral.
"Yeah," said Lotstutter, who quickly revealed the man behind the “KYAnonymous” mask. "And it should've. All these kids stood around filming it, laughing, watching it and mocking it and none of them stood up...they're all pieces of crap human beings. It was kind of appalling to me and to the nation, if not the world."
“It was everything that I’d ever preached, and now there’s this group of people getting off the couch and doing something about it. I wanted to be part of the movement,” he said.
The rape investigation revealed a cover-up on the part of the school’s principal, Steubenvile school superintendant, former football coach and other adults. Charges have just been dropped against Lynnett Gorman, an elementary school principal charged with failing to report child abuse, but the cases remain unresolved for the others.
One of the rapists, Ma'lik Richmond, has been released from juvenile detention after serving six months of his one-year term. He will have to register as a sex offender for the next 20 years. The other, Trent Mays, was sentenced to an additional year for another charge.