Former Philadelphia local news anchor Larry Mendte, who admitted over the summer to hacking into co-anchor Alycia Lane's e-mail, was sentenced Monday to six months house arrest by a U.S. district judge.
Mendte admitted in August to reading hundreds of Lane's emails and leaking details to gossip publications. Lane is known nationwide for sending photos of herself in a bikini to sportscaster Rich Eisen and for later when she assaulting a New York City police officer.
Monday, Mendte was sentenced to six months of house arrest, three years probation, a $5,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the court-room exchange between Mendte and Lane:
Before he was sentenced, Mendte told the court: "When I look back on the story of my life, I can't believe it brought me to this moment. I am ashamed."
Mendte said he was grateful that Alycia Lane was present so that he could apologize to her.
He turned to look at Lane, whose lower lip was quivering as if she was about to cry, and said: "I am also sorry that you did not believe my previous public apology was sincere."
Present in court, but silent throughout the hearing was Lane, 36, who had filed suit against Mendte contending that his jealousy over her ascending career and popularity led him to hack into her e-mail account and spread salacious details to gossip columnists that ultimately resulted in her firing.