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‘Jeopardy!’ winner gets probation for sneaking in e-mails

Stephanie Jass is to see at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., in 2012. The former “Jeopardy!” winner received probation after being accused of illegal access to colleagues’ e-mail accounts.

(Associated Press)

A seven-time “Jeopardy!” winner, who taught history at a Michigan college, was on trial on Friday for illegally logging on to the e-mail accounts of fellow professors, directors and students.

Stephanie Jass, who taught history at Michigan’s Adrian College, appeared to acknowledge her actions when she issued an apology.

“I’m sorry for all the pain I’ve caused you,” said the 48-year-old, who must return to the court after serving a year of probation for the computer unauthorized access.

The police told the Associated Press that the college professor to be logged in in other e-mail accounts without permission more than a four-day period, allowing the school to reset passwords and assigned everyone the same temporary password.

The AP also reported that Jass had a document that stated in “notes and problems” of the faculty.

A professor who blew the whistle on Jass told the police that she believed that the “Danger” winner was the download and espionage via e-mail to get leverage over others.

“Nations fear that this kind of behavior,” Lenawee County Judge Margaret Noe said. “I can’t even imagine the level of the college of shame.”

Jass beat her seven-episode ‘Jeopardy!’ winning streak in 2012, creating a new record for female participants. In 2014, Jass performed at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, singing songs and sharing stories about the TV show.

Adrian College president Jeffrey Docking told the court that he thought one of his private communications with the family when he heard that Jass also had gained access to his e-mail.

Docking said, “In the middle of this whole thing, in my opinion, have wasted more than $16,000 in attorney fees which can all the children in the school to support it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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