‘Jeopardy!’ Winner Stephanie Jass Pleads Guilty To Hacking Into Colleagues’ Emails
Seven-time Jeopardy! winner, Stephanie Jass, could face up to five years in prison for hacking into the email accounts of colleagues.
Jass taught history at Adrian College in southern Michigan when she entered into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and even students. Authorities say that she was able to gain access to all the accounts when the school reset everyone’s passwords and assigned the same temporary password.
State police reported that Jass had a document that listed “notes and comments and problems” of other faculty members. Another professor found out about Jass’s actions and alerted school officials, which ultimately led to her termination.
“Privacy rights are a fundamental principle of our American democracy and Adrian College stands with those who protect these rights,” the school said after her plea.
On Wednesday, Jass pleaded guilty on the charge of unauthorized computer access in front of the Lenawee Circuit Court. She could face up to five years in prision, her official sentencing is scheduled for July 20.
According to local news outlets, defense attorney Raymond Correll stated in court that he plans to seek a delayed sentence for Jass. This would allow the court to see how she follows bond conditions set by the judge.
Jass’s Jeopardy! success took place back in 2012, when she won the title for longest winning streak of a female contestant. However, her seven-episode streak was surpassed by Julia Collins in 2014.