Christopher Correa, formerly the director of baseball development for the St. Louis Cardinals, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of accessing computers belonging to the Houston Astros without authorization, according to a release on Friday from the Department of Justice.
As part of his plea agreement, Correa admitted that from March 2013 through at least March 2014, while providing analytical support to the Cardinals's baseball operations, he illicitly accessed information on Ground Control, the Astros's private online database. Masking his identity, he viewed emails, scouting and injury reports, trade discussions and a weekly digest page, the indictment claimed.
Correa faces five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine for each of five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer.
“The theft of intellectual property by computer intrusion is a serious federal crime,” said the FBI's Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner.