Probation for Coast Guard Tech Who Stole Explicit Photos

A former Coast Guard computer technician has been sentenced to three years of probation for stealing personal information, including account names, passwords and sexually explicit photos and videos, from hundreds of computers brought to him for repair.

Larry Mathews, 34, of Pawcatuck, received his sentence in federal court Tuesday. He will spend four months on home curfew with electric monitoring, will perform 150 hours of community service and has been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Mathews pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer intrusion in an invasion of privacy.

Prosecutors said he ran a computer repair business in Pawcatuck and began working as a computer “help desk” technician for the Coast Guard in 2008.

During that time, he copied files from computers and personal electronic devices on more than 250 occasions and saved them for his own personal use, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Mathews shared the information with a coworker, who reported it to police in 2014, according to federal prosecutors.

Information on an attorney for Mathews was not immediately available.

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