Former Philadelphia anchor woman Alicia Lane, who was involved in several off camera incident which included a scuffle with a NY city cop and a bikini-clad image sent to Rich Eisen, had her e-mail hacked by her co-anchor. Larry Mendte had apparently been hacking Alicia’s e-mail at home and work for nearly two years before authorities were able to gain enough information to arrest him.
“The mere accessing and reading of privileged information is criminal,” acting U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid said. “This case, however, went well beyond just reading someone’s e-mail.”
The allegations are the latest in what is playing out as a titillating local news rivalry that has already ended Lane’s career at KYW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. She was fired in January after a series of embarrassing off-camera incidents, including a scuffle with a New York City police officer.
Now the scandal revolves around Mendte’s alleged off-camera conduct. A one-count information charges Mendte, who co-anchored the news with Lane for more than four years, with a felony count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization.