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A Minnesota college student has been convicted of a cybercrime that led to plenty of unwanted exposure for pro baseball player Grady Sizemore. Photos of Sizemore, in various degrees of undress, were made public without his permission.
Leah Michelle Ayers, 20, of Apple Valley, Minn., pleaded guilty last week to a charge of unauthorized computer access, a misdemeanor. It was the final inning of a two-year ordeal for the rookie hacker.
Court documents don't say why Ayers committed the crime in 2009, but they do provide details of her digital deception.
To access Grady Sizemore’s photos, Ayers hacked into the Yahoo! email account of Sizemore’s then-girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Brittany Binger.
Yahoo!’s system threw Ayers a curve. She first had to change Binger’s email password and solve some personal security questions.
One prompt asked, “What city was your father born in?” It’s not clear how Ayers guessed the answer, but she hit a home run.
Among the many messages in the Playboy model’s inbox were more than a dozen pics of a preening Sizemore.
Some showed him nearly naked — with one hand holding his cell phone and his other hand covering, shall we say, his pitcher’s mound.
The risqué photos were later posted online, and went viral.
Ayers has been sentenced to six days on a work crew and two years of probation. When those two years are up, the court will dismiss the misdemeanor count against her.
She will also have to pay a $1,000 fine for the crime that plastered Grady Sizemore’s photos online.