Known federal computer hacker from Bellingham sentenced for child molestation

A hacker who once boasted of breaking into federal computer systems has been sentenced on another charge - molesting a girl.

Aljosa Medvesek, 42, of Bellingham pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree child molestation in May. On Tuesday, Aug. 3, Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig sentenced him to 13 months in a state prison.

Medvesek molested the girl, who was under age 15, while she slept on New Year's Day. The abuse was reported to police immediately. Medvesek agreed to undergo a polygraph examination, but he fled to California before taking it, according to records filed in Superior Court.

He was arrested in February, according to the records.

In 2003, Medvesek pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge related to hacking into computer systems of the U.S. Army, Navy, NASA and other federal agencies. He served 10 months in federal prison, according to records filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego.

Medvesek was the vice-president of a four-person company that hacked into the agencies' systems in 2002, stole files, and then boasted of the acts to media outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN, according to an indictment.

The goal in publicizing the acts was to expose weaknesses in the computer systems' security and boost business for the company, which provided secure computer networks, according to the indictment.

The girl's grandparents, in a written statement to Whatcom County Superior Court, said the abuse has been devastating for the family.

"Medvesek's crime took something away from (her) that she can never get back," they wrote.