ITHACA, N.Y. — A former Ithaca College student has been charged after police say he hacked into the the Department of Theatre Arts’ Instagram account.

Paul Fasy is charged with  fourth-degree computer tampering on June 23 after police say he hacked into the Department of Theater Arts Instagram on March 26.

According to The Ithacan, Fasy deleted two years worth of photos and from the account and replaced the profile picture with the confederate flag.

Ithaca College spokesman Dave Maley said in a written statement:

I can tell you that Paul Fasy was charged with computer tampering, fourth degree, following an investigation by the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety into the hacking of a Department of Theatre Arts Instagram account.

Public Safety worked with the theatre department, the college’s Information Technology Services department, and Instagram as part of its investigation.

Fasy was a student at the college in the School of Music at the time of the alleged hacking, but not a student at the time the charges were filed and is not currently a student. Paperwork on the charges was filed with the Town of Ithaca Court on June 23, 2017, and the court issued Fasy a summons.

Because the alleged hacking occurred while he was a student, he was also referred to the campus judicial system. Because of federal privacy laws, there isn’t anything I can disclose about the status of that referral.

Fasy appeared in the town of Ithaca Court Thursday, but documents about his court appearance were not publicly available yet immediately following the proceeding. A clerk, however said Fasy did not appear in court and was instead represented by his attorney James Baker.

This is a developing story. 

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.