A fired Philadelphia TV anchorman admitted today that he hacked into his co-anchor’s e-mail accounts, reports the Associated Press. Larry Mendte pleaded guilty to one count of illegally accessing a computer. He admitted that he illegally viewed hundreds of Alycia Lane’s e-mails from March 2006 to May 2008, at a time when leaked information about her personal life contributed to her downfall. Mendte and Lane co-anchored evening broadcasts together for four years at CBS affiliate KYW-TV until Lane’s arrest in December after an alleged scuffle with New York police.
Mendte faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison but is likely to get much less under federal guidelines when he is sentenced Nov. 24. Prosecutors have agreed not to recommend any sentence. Lane was also fired. She is suing the station over her dismissal, which the station blamed on her having become the subject of several news stories.