Prescott High School students arrested for hi-tech cheating

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Three 16-year-old students at Prescott High School have been arrested for allegedly changing their grades by illegally accessing teachers’ computers.

An investigation by the Prescott Police Dept. and administrators at Prescott High School revealed that the three male students purchased a “key logger” device and attached it to the USB port of several teachers’ computers, according to press release from Lt. Ken Morley with the Prescott Police Dept.

They then used the teachers’ usernames and passwords to access their grade sheets. The students did this from the Prescott High School library and used the school’s IP address. 

It is believed the students started changing grades in January 2013. 

One of the teachers noticed that the grade listed on the grade sheet of one of the suspects was not consistent with his efforts in class and she became suspicious. 

After contacting the IT department of Prescott Unified School District it was discovered the student’s grade had been changed.

The PHS school resource officer and an Investigator from the Prescott Police Dept. interviewed the students and they admitted their involvement in the scheme.

All three were arrested for felony charges of Tampering with Public Records and Computer Tampering.

They were booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center.

The Prescott High School Administration and the Prescott Police Department believe the three individuals arrested were the only students involved.