Mendte’s Digital Footprint
Regardless of your personal feelings for Larry Mendte, we have to admit that he has a significant profile in the Philadelphia and tri-state media. Larry is someone that I’ve admired for his work both on camera and in the local community. He has given of his time to local nonprofits – and as an emcee – he really knows how to get the crowd laughing.
All that said, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock recently, you will see that not even our media is immune from media scrutiny.
As you probably know, Larry was charged with breaking into Alycia Lane’s (his co-anchor), personal e-mail accounts. According to the local news coverage, he hacked into her e-mail more than 500 times and then shared information he read to a local newspaper.
As a result, Larry was charged with one felony count of “intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information in furtherance of a tortious act.” Now, having practiced in the criminal law arena more than 10 years ago – I didn’t event know that crime existed.
If the allegations are true, I certainly don’t condone such behavior. The bottom line is this: digital information leaves a footprint. We need to be conscious on a daily basis of what we access online and who is watching.
Gina F. Rubel, Esq.
Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.