HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Chris Correa didn't say anything as he left the Federal Courthouse. He had done all his talking inside, pleading guilty to five separate counts of illegally accessing a protected computer. The former St. Louis Cardinals official is now officially a felon.
"The message that we're trying to convey today is that if you commit unauthorized access to computer information that belongs to companies, organizations and entities and use them for commercial purposes to basically steal their property, or learn what they're doing, that's a serious federal crime." said U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson
Correa confessed to accessing the Astros player scouting database between March of 2013 and March of 2014. He has since been fired by the Cardinals.
In court, Correa said while prowling around in the Astros database, he found proprietary information that belonged to his team, something the Astros General Counsel vehemently denied.
"To be clear, not at any time did anyone from the Cardinals or anyone associated with the Cardinals or Major League Baseball has made any statement, contacted the Astros, raise any concern that anything in our databases was proprietary information. " said Giles Kibbe.
He will be sentenced on April 11th. He could get five years in prison, a fine, and pay restitution.