A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday in an investigation into the hacking of webcams at the homes of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other young women in an attempt to extort nude photos and videos, the FBI said.
Jared James Abrahams of Temecula, Calif., surrendered to agents at the FBI office in Orange County.
Wolf, 19, won the Miss Teen USA crown Aug. 9. According to the criminal complaint that names her by initials, she was one of several female victims.
Last month, Wolf told the website of NBC’s “Today” show that earlier this year she received an anonymous e-mail in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from the camera on her home computer.
The sender of the e-mail threatened to go public with images captured from Wolf’s webcam unless she would provide nude pictures of herself, the FBI said. Instead, Wolf went to authorities.
Engelbert is no show at Mystic, again
For a second consecutive time, Las Vegas-style crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has canceled a concert at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel because of a health problem. The latest show to be scrapped by the 77-year-old was supposed to be Friday. A notice on his Facebook page said Humperdinck is unable to travel by air “due to a trapped nerve in his neck.” The Facebook posting went on to say, “We are trying to reschedule.” Humperdinck was supposed to perform at Mystic Lake on May 11, but that show was canceled for what his manager termed “a medical emergency.” It was that cancellation that led to the Sept. 27 booking
party on, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin, where nearly 4,000 Minnesotans are enrolled annually, ranks among the nation’s top party schools, according to Playboy magazine. The flagship school in the state proud of its production and consumption of beer ranks No. 2 behind West Virginia University, according to the list released by the magazine Wednesday. No other state exports more students to the University of Wisconsin than Minnesota. Rounding out the Playboy Top 10, in order, are: Colorado, Southern Cal, Florida State, Texas, LSU, Georgia, Arizona State and Maryland.
Jackson case to jury: After a five-month trial, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against his concert promoter was placed in the hands of a jury Thursday. Jackson attorney Brian Panish urged the six women and six men on the jury to find that defendant AEG Live LLC and Jackson shared responsibility for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician whose treatments killed the superstar. Murray, convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter, is in prison.
paul walsh, Associated Press