- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A civilian computer technician working for the Coast Guard has been sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to stealing personal information from hundreds of computers and personal electronic devices brought to him for repair.

Prosecutors said 34-year-old Larry Mathews of Pawcatuck also was ordered Tuesday to perform 150 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine. He must follow a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. home curfew for the first four months. Mathews pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer intrusion.

Prosecutors said he copied personal information and files from computers and personal electronic devices more than 250 times. The material included account names and passwords and sexually explicit photographs and videos.

Prosecutors said Mathews shared the stolen information only with co-workers, one of whom told authorities.

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