David Hanners reports:
U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank was in a quandary: In an age where computers are everywhere and even cell phones have Internet access, how do you keep a man accused of hacking into his neighbors’ e-mails away from computers?
In the case of Barry Vincent Ardolf, you send court officers out to his home in Blaine and seize every device capable of getting online, including his three teens’ computers.
Frank warned Ardolf on Tuesday that if he’s caught online, “the next stop will not be a halfway house. It’ll be the Sherburne County jail.”
Ardolf, 45, was charged June 7 with aggravated identity theft and with threatening the vice president and other elected officials. Prosecutors allege a couple living near Ardolf reported him to police for inappropriately touching one of their children, so to retaliate, he created e-mail accounts in their names, hacked into their wireless computer routers and sent threats, child pornography and other vile messages.
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