High School Test Cheat Could Face 38 Years

Teen plotted to boost grades for college admission
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2008 4:21 AM CDT
The students is accused of using usernames and passwords stolen from teachers to penetrate the school's database and change test scores, as well as records from previous semesters.   ((c) leduardo)
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(Newser) – A student at an Orange County high school faces 69 felony charges and a possible 38 years in prison for a scheme to alter grades, the Los Angeles Times reports. The locked-up 18-year-old is accused of breaking into his school repeatedly, hacking into computers, and changing test scores and records for himself and 12 other students. Prosecutors say he emailed copies of tests to dozens of others.

One other student has been charged and police say more could follow. School district officials were "sad and disappointed" that charges had been filed against the students, said a spokeswoman. The academically well-regarded school, Tesoro High School, is  attended by the children in the reality television series "Real Housewives of Orange County."