Fourth man pleads guilty in 'Celebgate' photo leak

Fourth man pleads guilty in 'Celebgate' photo leak

A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate. The first was Ryan Collins, 36, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (sentenced to 18 months in federal prison); the second is Edward Majerczyk, 29, of Chicago, Illinois (sentenced to nine months in federal prison); and the third is Emilio Herrera, 32, of Chicago, Illinois (pleaded guilty and awaiting sentencing next month).

Under the current charge, Garofano faces a prison sentence of up to five years in prison.

The FBI says that Garofano obtained credentials and accessed over 250 Apple iCloud accounts from where he downloaded personal images.

Prosecutors say from April 2013 through October 2014, Garofano engaged in a phishing scheme to obtain usernames and passwords for iCloud accounts.

Garofano agreed Thursday to plead guilty to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Meanwhile, Illinois man Edward Majerczyk, 29, was sentenced past year to prison.

Federal agents have said Academy Award victor Lawrence broke down and became distraught during a 2014 meeting about nude photos of her that appeared online.

Garofano's lawyer tells the Hartford Courant his client "is a good person who was taken advantage of" by more sophisticated hackers and is remorseful. "He made mistakes, admits his guilt, apologizes to the victims and seeks the leniency of the court". But, under the terms of his plea bargain and the advisory sentencing guidelines in federal court, Garofano can expect a sentence of up to 16 months and a fine of up to $55,000.

Garofano traded the usernames, passwords and compromising photos and videos netted from his phishing scheme with other people, his plea agreement states.

Although the case was lodged by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, the parties have agreed to transfer the case to the District of CT for the entry of Garofano's guilty plea and sentencing. Numerous iCloud accounts Garofano plundered belonged not to celebrities, but to ordinary people living in CT, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney in California.

The details of this new case are similar to those of the three, in which the individuals did commit the crime but did not actually post the hacked photos online themselves.

"It is a sexual violation".

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