Former Louisville detective could face years in federal prison in cyberstalking case



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A former Louisville Metro Police Department detective faces years in federal prison when he is sentenced next week for using access to a database, obtaining information about women and stealing sexually explicit photos and videos from them.

Bryan Andrew Wilson, 36, is due to be sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking in June. A sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky says Wilson used his law enforcement access to Accurint, a database of public records and non-public information, to obtain information about hacking victims.

Wilson was accused of using stolen photos and videos to extort women into being more sexually explicit, federal prosecutors said in court documents.

Meanwhile, Wilson and a former Louisville detective are accused in another case of driving unmarked police vehicles and throwing drinks at citizens before fleeing the scene, according to court documents. Wilson also pleaded guilty in the case, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s office.

Wilson faces a maximum sentence of 15 years for the cyberstalking and civil rights violations related to the drinking incident. In the sentencing notice, prosecutors say that as part of a plea agreement, they are recommending to the judge “a sentence at the lower end of the applicable Sentencing Guidelines range.”

Federal prosecutors said Wilson shared information obtained from Accurint with a hacker who hacked the private Snapchat accounts of several women to obtain explicit photos and videos.

“If sexually explicit photos and videos were obtained, Wilson texted and extorted his victims, threatening to release the photos and videos to family, friends and colleagues unless they provided additional sexually explicit photos and videos,” federal prosecutors said. write in the court file.

CNN has reached out to Louisville Metro police and Wilson’s attorney for comment. The hacker with whom Wilson allegedly shared the information was not named in court documents.

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

Upon learning that Wilson had access to the Accurint system, Louisville Metro “immediately disabled” his access, the department said in a statement to CNN.

“A review was conducted, and procedures are in place to ensure that all access is terminated when a member separates from LMPD,” the statement said.

The FBI determined that Wilson was involved in hacking at least 25 online accounts and contacted eight women directly, the sentencing notice said.

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