Previously, a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tenn., indicted Kernell for intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization. The indictment alleges that Kernell reset the account's password by answering several password recovery security questions, that he read Palin's e-mail, made screenshots, and that he posted that information and the account's password on a public Web site.
Kernell alledgedly changed Palin's password to "popcorn."
Kernell is the son of Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell, a Democrat. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release if convicted.