2nd Ohio man to plead guilty to threats against Pitt
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A day after one man pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to threats against the University of Pittsburgh, his alleged co-conspirator also has agreed to plead, according to court filings today.
Alexander Waterland, of Loveland, Ohio, who was 24 at the time of his June indictment, is scheduled for a plea hearing on Nov. 15 before U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti. Co-defendant Brett Hudson, 26, of Hillsboro, Ohio, pleaded on Wednesday and faces sentencing Feb. 8.
The two were accused of downloading information from Pitt's website -- which the university maintains did not include any personal information -- and then threatening to widely release it unless the chancellor apologized publicly for leaving the data vulnerable. They claimed in a series of YouTube, email and Twitter communications to be parts of the loose hacker-activist group known as Anonymous.
The threats came when the university was on edge because of unrelated bomb threats, for which Scottish nationalist Adam Stuart Busby is charged.
First Published October 18, 2012 5:21 pm