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The lukewarm prosecution of two Steubenville High football players for an August 2012 rape was foundering until Internet hacker Deric Lostutter, 26, raised the Ohio incident's profile, but now Lostutter faces a vindictive prosecution and the possibility he could serve a prison sentence five times longer than the wrist-slap detention the now-convicted rapists served. When Lostutter took interest, many Steubenville students and residents had been hoping to quiet the case or even blame the victim, but (according to November reporting by Rolling Stone) apparently one Steubenville High official managed to convince the FBI that Lostutter's hacking of the official's personal emails was a greater national threat than the rapes and provoked a SWAT raid on Lostutter's modest farmhouse. Besides the football players, the city's school superintendent was indicted for tampering with evidence and three other officials for false statements and failing to report child abuse.

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