The former Louisville detective could risk years in federal prison in a cyberstalking case



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A former detective from the Louisville Metro Police Department could risk years in federal prison when he is convicted next week for using his law enforcement access to a database, obtaining information on women, and stealing their photos. and sexually explicit videos.

Bryan Andrew Wilson, 36, is expected to be sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to a conspiracy count to commit cyberstalking in June. A conviction note filed with the United States District Court in Kentucky on Tuesday claims that Wilson used his law enforcement access to Accurint, a database of public records and non-public information, to obtain information on potential victims of hacking. .

Wilson was accused of using the stolen photos and videos to extort sexually explicit content from women, federal prosecutors say in court documents.

Meanwhile, Wilson and another former Louisville detective are charged in a separate case involving driving unmarked police vehicles and throwing drinks at civilians before fleeing the scene, according to court documents. Wilson pleaded guilty in this case as well, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office.

Wilson faces a maximum sentence of 15 years for cyberstalking and a civil rights violation involving drink incidents. In the sentencing note, prosecutors say that, as part of a plea bargain, they recommend to the judge “a sentence at the lower end of the range of applicable punishment guidelines.”

Federal prosecutors said Wilson shared Accurint’s information with a hacker who hacked multiple women’s private Snapchat accounts to capture explicit photos and videos.

“If sexually explicit photographs and videos were obtained, Wilson sent a text message to his victims and extorted them, threatening to publish the photographs and videos to their family, friends and colleagues unless they provided them with photographs and videos. sexually explicit additional, “federal prosecutors write in the court act.

CNN contacted the Louisville Metro Police and Wilson’s attorney for comment. The hacker Wilson allegedly shared the information with was not named in the court records.

Wilson is thought to have started these cyberstalking activities in the fall of 2020, prosecutors say. Wilson resigned from the department in July 2020, according to Louisville police.

After discovering that Wilson still had access to the Accurint system, the Louisville subway “immediately disabled” his access, the department said in a statement to CNN.

“A review has been carried out and procedures have been put in place to ensure that all access is suspended once a member separates from the LMPD,” the statement said.

The FBI determined that Wilson was involved in hacking at least 25 online accounts and contacted eight women directly, according to the conviction note.

There were six women who “stole photographs, videos and other compromising information and attempted to extort additional material under threat of publication,” the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky said in a press release. on June.

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