Joy Powell of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE reports that a 19-year-old Minneapolis woman has been charged with stealing nude photos of Grady Sizemore from the Sizemore’s Playboy Playmate model girlfriend, Brittany Binger.
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The suspect, Leah M. Ayers, was “charged on Tuesday with breaking into a model’s e-mail account and stealing racy photos of Cleveland Indians baseball player Grady Sizemore, which were widely posted on the Internet last year.”
Ayers has officially been charged with two counts of unauthorized computer access, which is a classified as a gross misdemeanor in Dakota County, Minnesota.
So how did Ayers allegedly hack into Binger’s email account? The cops went CSI on the case.
According to the complaint and search warrant documents in Dakota County District Court:
Binger contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which used a series of search warrants of Yahoo.com and Frontier Communications records and postings to trace the hacker’s Internet protocol address. It was held by Ayers’ parents, who live in Apple Valley. Their home was searched in April.
Two days later, Apple Valley Police Detective Sean McKnight contacted Leah Ayers for an interview and asked that she bring her personal laptop with her.
Ayers said her laptop was at the student help desk at St. Cloud State University for repairs to the fan. Police learned that she turned in her laptop two days later than she claimed, and that she had wanted the hard drive reformatted and other work performed, but no fan repair was done.
A forensic analysis found that Ayers’ laptop had been used to access Binger’s account and that it contained some of the Sizemore photos.
Ayers has a summons to appear in Dakota County Court on November 29.