A 25-year-old former student at Lindenwood University has received a 90-day jail term in connection with alleged Internet crimes. The man, from St. Charles, Missouri, must also pay financial restitution to the university for publishing confidential student data, according to news reports, as well as a fine to the St. Charles County unit that investigated the crime.
In addition to those penalties, the man will not be able to return to the campus, and he must pen a letter of apology to the Lindenwood student body. That admission will be published in school media sources, including the student newspaper. He is also subject to a 2-year probation term.
The man had pleaded guilty to tampering with a computer user, along with two counts of tampering with computer data. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop an additional charge alleging that the man had assaulted a police officer while a search warrant was being executed. Details of that incident were not provided.
Authorities report that the alleged violations began in March 2012, when information for nearly 200 students was released through Twitter and other Internet file-sharing systems. That information contained personal data for students who had been suspended from the university during the previous semester. It is not clear why the man started using the anonymous method for sharing the students' information in the dubiously named LindenLeaks incident.
The defendant in this case was able to receive a fairly lenient sentence, spending just three months' time in custody for the Internet violations. In this case, the defendant chose to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced set of charges and even perhaps a reduced sentence. Criminal defense attorneys can help defendants decide whether a guilty plea is the right decision for their cases.
Source: www.stltoday.com, "Ex-Lindenwood University student gets 90 days in jail for cyberattack on the school" Mark Schlinkmann, Oct. 28, 2013