(NEWJERSEY.NEWS12) — NEWARK - An Orange High School sophomore is charged with computer theft for allegedly gaining access to his school computer system to change grades and attendance records.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Orange Police Director Hakim Sims say the 16-year-old is charged with multiple counts of second-degree computer theft for unlawfully accessing and altering data and with one count of hindering apprehension.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly says investigators found that the teen changed the grades and attendance records of several students by using a staff member's password.
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The district suspended about 35 students whose records were altered. Many maintained they knew nothing of the breach.