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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Man charged for hacking into email and Fb accounts

  • Thomas Holbrook entered the courtroom inside the Ford County District Court, Thursday, March 6, in custody alongside his attorney, Heather Helvie, for his scheduled preliminary hearing. Holbrook was taken into custody February in connection with eight charges, including two counts of blackmail, making false informatio...
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  • Thomas Holbrook entered the courtroom inside the Ford County District Court, Thursday, March 6, in custody alongside his attorney, Heather Helvie, for his scheduled preliminary hearing.
     Holbrook was taken into custody February in connection with eight charges, including two counts of blackmail, making false information, unlawful acts concerning computers, stalking, harassment by a telecommunications device and two counts of intimidation of a witness. 
     During his appearance scheduled Feb. 24 six counts were dismissed. 
     On Thursday, Holbrook waived his right to a preliminary hearing moving the case directly to an arraignment where he is expected to plead to count three, making false information, and count four, unlawful acts concerning computers. 
     Both counts are a severity level 8 person felony with a potential sentence of up to 23 months in jail, depending on a defendant's criminal history. 
     The charges against Holbrook stem from incidents occurring on or between May 15, 2012 and Feb. 7, 2014, in which Holbrook allegedly engaged in a series of repeated acts of hacking into secure accounts, including email accounts pertaining to Jennifer Adrian whose relationship with the defendant is unknown at this time. 
     According to Ford County Attorney Natalie Randall, the state of Kansas gathered evidence against the defendant that prove the majority of hacks into private accounts, including email and Facebook accounts where Holbrook was setting up fraudulent accounts in an attempt to blackmail Adrian into a relationship of some type with him or continue contact, allowing him some control over her life. 
     "At some point in time it was also proved  through IP address searches that Mr. Holbrook actually logged into Ms. Adrian's accounts, having somehow gained her information as to usernames and passwords," Randall said. 
     "Once entering the accounts, [Holbrook] went through private emails and Facebook messages in order to gain information he could use against her at a later time. He obtained graphic sexual depictions through fraudulent means and threatened to expose those to other people, again, as a measure to try and control and manipulate Ms. Adrian." 
     Helvie, Holbrook's attorney, objected, stating the evidence in relation to blackmailing is irrelevant in the case due to the blackmailing charge being dismissed. Randall said stating those facts are necessary as they show that Holbrook was attempting to gain something, which is why those facts are relevant. 
     Sentencing is scheduled for a later date, Holbrook's bond remains at $100,000, stipulating he have no contact with victims or witness's and no use of computer use of any kind. He remains in custody at the Ford County Jail. 

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