ScarJo Nude-Photo Hacker Gets 10 Years

Christopher Chaney stole intimate celebrity photos

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 17, 2012 5:33 PM CST

(Newser) – The hacker who stole nude photos of Scarlett Johansson and dozens of other women and posted some online has been given a 10-year sentence, TMZ reports. Christopher Chaney, 36, must also pay $76,000 to Johansson, Christina Aguilera, and actress Renee Olstead. Judge S. James Otero sentenced him in LA today after Johansson delivered a tearful statement by video, reports the AP: "I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," she said. "I find Christopher Chaney's actions to be perverted and reprehensible."

But Otero said Chaney's crimes against two women he knew were even worse than the damaged inflicted on his celebrity victims. Chaney sent nude photos of a former co-worker to her family, and letters from the women said they still suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and paranoia. "These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking," said Otero. Chaney pleaded guilty to nine felony counts in March, including wiretapping and identity theft, and faced a possible 121 years if convicted of all charges.

In this Nov. 1, 2011 file photo, Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles.
In this Nov. 1, 2011 file photo, Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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