- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A federal judge in California this week sentenced Charles Evens, 26, to more than two years in prison for hacking into email accounts and stealing nude pictures that were then shared publicly on a “revenge porn” website.

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled on Monday that Evens will serve one-month for computer hacking and two years for identity theft — a far cry from the seven year maximum sentence he faced after entering a plea deal earlier this year. He’ll also pay a $2,000 fine, $147.50 in restitution to one of his victims and perform 20 hours of community service.

Evens admitted to prosecutors to having cracked into hundreds of email accounts and stealing nude images that he then sold to Hunter Moore, the administrator of the now-defunct revenge porn site “Is Anyone Up?”

Both men were arrested in January 2014, and Moore, 29, pleaded in February and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

On his part, Moore admitted to paying Evens to hack into the accounts and pilfer private images. He’ll also face a maximum sentence when he goes before a judge on November 30.

“This case builds on our continued focus to prosecute perpetrators of cyber exploitation and to send a clear message that hiding behind a computer screen will not shield offenders from the full extent of the law,” Kamala Harris, the California attorney general, said after Evens pleaded guilt.

Sharing naked images without the subject’s explicit consent was made a misdemeanor in California after a state law was passed in 2013, and prosecutors secured their first conviction the following year.


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