‘Jeop­ardy!’ win­ner could get prison for sneak­ing into emails

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ADRIAN, Mich. — A sev­en­time “Jeop­ardy!” win­ner who taught his­tory at a small Michi­gan col­lege faces up to five years in prison for sneak­ing into the email ac­counts of other pro­fes­sors, ad­min­is­tra­tors and stu­dents.

Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian Col­lege, pleaded guilty to a charge of unau­tho­rized com­puter ac­cess. Her sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for July 20.

Au­thor­i­ties said Jass logged into other peo­ple’s email ac­counts over a four­day pe­riod last year af­ter the col­lege re­set every­one’s pass­words and as­signed every­one the same tem­po­rary pass­word. An­other pro­fes­sor learned what Jass had done and told school of­fi­cials.

State po­lice wrote in a re­port that the pro­fes­sor told a de­tec­tive that Jass had a doc­u­ment that listed “notes and com­ments and prob­lems” of fac­ulty mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to the Jack­son Cit­i­zen Pa­triot.

The 48-year-old Jass, of Te­cum­seh, was later fired.

“Pri­vacy rights are a fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of our Amer­i­can democ­racy and Adrian Col­lege stands with those who pro­tect these rights,” the school said af­ter the plea.

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