woman pleads guilty to stalking linkin park member.
Woman pleads guilty to stalking singer
Saturday Jun 30 14:55 AEST
AP - A US woman has admitted that she used government computers to access the email account of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington and hacked into a mobile phone company's website to obtain his phone number.
Devon Townsend, 28, appeared in court in Albuquerque, New Mexico and pleaded guilty to charges including stalking and unlawful access to stored communications.
Townsend faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $US250,000 ($A300,000) for each count. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
Townsend, who worked in Sandia National Laboratories' technology and manufacturing group, used government lab computers to access private information about Bennington and his wife, Talinda, from January 2006 to November 2006.
According to a plea agreement filed on Friday, Townsend said she was able to access family photos, information about a new home bought by the Benningtons, the couple's travel plans and correspondence between Warner Bros Records and Linkin Park's business lawyer - including a copy of a cheque made to Bennington from the record company and a copy of the band's recording contract.
Townsend also accessed the couple's mobile phone accounts online and was able to download digital phone pictures and monitor voice messages.
"On at least one occasion, knowing that Chester Bennington was in Arizona, I travelled to Arizona solely for the purpose of trying to see him," Townsend said in the plea agreement. "While I was there, I monitored Chester Bennington's voice mails as a means of trying to locate where he might be eating dinner or lunch."
Investigators said Townsend also hacked into the email of Bennington's wife and at one point called the former Playboy model and threatened her.
Court do***ents also said investigators searched Townsend's home in Albuquerque and found Linkin Park posters, autographed band memorabilia, pictures of Townsend with Chester Bennington, bootlegged Linkin Park music and copies of messages and photographs intercepted from the Bennington family's email accounts.