Bond denied for man charged with hacking the online accounts of women

Stephen Mislich

An Ohio man accused of hacking the online accounts of more than 250 women will not be coming home for Christmas.

Instead, Stephen B. Mislich — who had been living in Bowling Green, Ohio, when indicted by a federal grand jury this fall — will be spending the holidays in federal detention after a judge this week denied his request to be released on bond.

A federal grand jury indicted Mislich, 23, in October on two counts each of extortion and harassment. He is accused of targeting more than 250 women by gaining access to their e-mail and Facebook accounts, gaining access to nude photos, then telling them he would post those pictures in a public domain if they didn't send him more nude pictures.

Authorities said that in some cases the pictures were shared with thousands.

U.S. District Court Judge Staci Yandle denied a defense motion to modify the conditions of Mislich's release and make him eligible for bond.

Mislich will be held in federal detention pending a pre-trial conference scheduled for Jan. 22 and a jury trial date of Feb. 9.

Mislich's parents declined comment on Thursday.

Grimes writes for the Effingham (Ill.) Daily News.

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