A Parkville man who was under investigation for hacking into his former employer’s computer system pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to both the intrusion charge and to using a computer to view child pornography.
Jacob Raines, 38, of Parkville, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to one count of computer intrusion and one count of accessing a computer in order to view child pornography over the internet.
According to court records, Raines worked as the information technology manager for American Crane & Tractor Parts in Kansas City, Kan., from July 2004 until his resignation March 28, 2014.
He was accused of copying from a remote server the company’s proprietary source code files and file folders during several sessions from May 16-18, 2014.
Law enforcement officers found copies of the files on Raines’ home computer during a search of his home about a year later.
Investigators also discovered that Raines had used his home computers and hard drives to access child pornography over the internet since Nov. 13, 2013.
Raines utilized peer-to-peer, file-sharing software to search for child pornography, authorities said.
Investigators discovered more than 7,000 files of child pornography images and videos on a DVD.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Raines faces up to seven years in federal prison without parole when sentenced.