Christopher Chaney, celebrity hacker, sentenced to 10 years in prison
Christopher Chaney, a Florida man who hacked into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and more, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday, December 17.
U.S. District Judge S. James Otero sentenced Chaney in Los Angeles to 10 years in federal prison for cyberstalking 60 victims, OTRC.com has confirmed. The U.S. government was asking for just shy of six years. The judge went above the guidelines because he believes Chaney is a threat to the community at large and the victims in the case.
"The defendant does not appear to understand the seriousness of his conduct," judge Otero said, adding he believes Chaney is likely to continue with his stalking behavior after he's released from prison.
Scarlett Johansson addressed the court in a recorded video and cried as she described how humiliated she was when her naked pictures, intended to for her then husband Ryan Reynolds, were posted on the Internet. She apologized for not appearing in court but said her professional obligations prevented her from being there.
Disney actress Renee Olstead also gave a victim impact statement in court saying she was hospitalized for a suicide attempt the day her nude pictures were posted online. The photos were intended for her boyfriend.
Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Florida, pled guilty to counts that included wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer. He also targeted two women he knew and sent nude pictures of a former co-worker to her father, according to The Associated Press.
Christina Aguilera said in a statement days before the sentencing, according to the wire service, "That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy."
The judge also ordered Chaney to pay restitution to the victims, OTRC.com has confirmed. Chaney is to pay $5,000 each to Olstead and Aguilera and $66,179.46 to Johansson. However, the judge recognized that it is unlikely Chaney will ever pay all the restitution ordered.
Once he is released from federal prison, Chaney is ordered to be supervised by the probation office for three years, the maximum allowed by law.
Johansson talked about her nude photo scandal last year. "It was extremely creepy," the actress said on "The Late Show With David Letterman." "My password was constantly changing for months and months and I kept thinking why is my password always changing. So it meant the guy was there constantly, constantly, every 20 seconds. I don't know he was sitting there all pasty and sweaty and pervy and weird."