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Nebraska Man Pleads Guilty To Unauthorized Access to BVU Computers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who was upset at being passed over for an IT position at Buena Vista University and gained unauthorized access to several BVU computers, pled guilty on October 28, 2015, in federal court in Sioux City.

David Boyer, age 46, from Nebraska, was convicted of one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer.

In a plea agreement, Boyer admitted that from October 2009, through June 4, 2010, he intentionally accessed protected computers belonging to Buena Vista University without authorization.  Boyer accessed the computers and email accounts of the President, Vice President and other employees of Buena Vista University because he was angry at University for failing to promote him to be the head of the IT department, and hiring another individual for that position. As part of the plea agreement Boyer agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution, and signed a written apology to the University.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Boyer remains free on bond previously set pending sentencing.  Boyer faces a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, a $10,000 fine, a $25 special assessment, and at least 1 year of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy T. Duax and was investigated by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations.

Court file information at The case file number is 15-CR-4109.

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Updated October 30, 2015