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