Ex-Jaguars worker who hacked into scoreboard sentenced to 220 years in jail for baby intercourse abuse materials


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A former Jacksonville Jaguars worker was sentenced to 220 years in jail for producing baby sexual abuse materials and hacking the jumbotron on the staff’s stadium.

The staff employed Samuel Thompson, of St. Augustine, in 2013 as a contractor to seek the advice of on the design and set up of their new video board community and later to function the jumbotron on gamedays, investigators stated. 

Nonetheless, after studying in 2018 that he was a registered intercourse offender and had a previous conviction, they didn’t renew his contract. In keeping with courtroom data, Thompson was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Alabama in 1998.


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A common view of the Jacksonville Jaguars statue in entrance TIAA Financial institution Discipline previous to the AFC Wild Card Playoffs recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers at TIAA Financial institution Discipline on Jan. 14, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Don Juan Moore/Getty Photos)

Thompson is alleged to have put in distant entry software program on a spare server within the Jaguars’ server room earlier than his employment resulted in March 2018. He was then in a position to entry the computer systems that managed the jumobtron throughout three video games within the following season, inflicting the video boards to malfunction repeatedly.

The Jaguars ultimately discovered the spare server, eliminated its entry to the jumbotron, and was in a position to gather community data, which the FBI traced to Thompson’s dwelling, prosecutors stated.

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Jacksonville Jaguars helmets are seen earlier than a press convention introducing Doug Pederson as the brand new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Financial institution Stadium on Feb. 5, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Photos)


The FBI executed a search warrant at Thompson’s residence in July 2019 and seized a cellphone, a pill and two laptops, which all had been used to entry the spare jumbotron server, in keeping with log recordsdata. Brokers additionally stated they seized a firearm, which Thompson was prohibited from proudly owning as a convicted felon.

Nonetheless, throughout that raid, the FBI additionally discovered hundreds of photos and tons of of movies of kid sexual abuse on the gadgets. The recordsdata included movies and pictures that Thompson had produced a month earlier than the raid on his dwelling that depicted youngsters that had been in his care and custody, investigators stated.

This comes amid one other former worker being sentenced to 6 years in jail after stealing over $20 million from the staff by way of the corporate’s bank card program to fund a lavish life-style that included on-line playing, chartering personal jets, the acquisition of a non-public condominium, sports activities memorabilia, vehicles, spa remedies and different private purchases. 

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A Jacksonville Jaguars helmet is seen throughout an offseason exercise on Could 30, 2023 at TIAA Financial institution subject in Jacksonville, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Photos)


Thompson was convicted final yr of manufacturing, receiving, and possessing baby intercourse abuse materials, producing it whereas required to register as a intercourse offender, violating the Intercourse Offender Registration and Notification Act, sending unauthorized damaging instructions to a protected laptop, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Fox Information’ Paulina Dedaj and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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