Mar 122011
 
 March 12, 2011  Court, Online

Don Thompson of Associated Press reports:

The attorney for a Sacramento-area man accused of violating the privacy of dozens of women after he used information from their Facebook pages to take over their e-mail accounts says her client was simply bored and naïve, and does not deserve prison.

George Bronk pleaded guilty in January to using personal information he found on Facebook to hack into women’s e-mails, then sending photos and videos of them nude or partially nude to everyone in their address book.

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.

So if a criminal is bored or yawning when they invade your privacy in a deeply humiliating way, they don’t deserve jail time?  And can a 22 year-old capable of figuring out how to c0mpile personal information so he can SE the email providers into giving him the victim’s email passwords really be so “naive,” as his lawyer asserts, as to not know that this was terribly, terribly wrong?

At the time of Bronk’s guilty plea in January, I posted the statement from the prosecutors, here. If you haven’t followed this case, do read that release and see whether you think this guy deserves prison time. And then ask yourself a second question: should he be required to register as a sex offender?

Personally, I would say “hell, yes!” to the former question, but “probably not” to the latter question, but I don’t know the state’s laws and whether registration is mandatory given that he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

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