A hacker who was investigated in connection with a high-profile breach of celebrities’ accounts was sentenced to a year and a half in prison. The AP reports that Ryan Collins, 36, of Lancaster, Pa., received the sentence Wednesday in federal court as part of a plea bargain.
“Collins pleaded guilty in May to one count of gaining unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information for gaining access to more than 100 Google and Apple accounts from November 2012 to September 2014,” the AP reports. “Many of the accounts belonged to famous women, though no celebrities were identified in his plea agreement and the FBI could find no evidence that Collins posted any of the pilfered images online or shared any information he obtained with others, court records show.”
The report adds: “Collins was charged as part of an investigation into the posting of nude photos of numerous celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, but he is not suspected of being involved in releasing those images.”
The AP also reports: “Collins, a married father of 4-year-old twins, was a pornography addict who acknowledged getting involved in the hacking activity “for sexual gratification,” according to pre-sentencing memos filed by prosecutors and his attorney.”
The investigation into who stole and released the images of Lawrence and others is still under way.