Two Midstate teens are charged with multiple felony offenses after police say they changed their grades on quizzes they took at an alternative education campus.
Dakota Ashdon Garner, 18, of New Bloomfield, and Sabian L. Painter, 18, of Metal Township, are charged with felony unlawful use of a computer, conspiracy to commit unlawful access to a computer and computer trespass, according to court records.
Painter is also charged with an additional count of unlawful use of a computer. Police said he used his teacher’s password to access the computer.
Both Painter and Garner were students at River Rock Academy in Lower Mifflin Township when they began changing failing grades they received on quizzes and assignments to near perfect scores in November, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police.
Police questioned Garner and Painter in January, according to the affidavit.
Garner told police that Painter approached him to explain that he had memorized one of his teacher’s passwords and figured out how to access the school’s grading system, police said.
Painter initially denied any involvement but later confessed to accessing the school’s grading system, changing grades and providing information to Garner so he too could change his grades, according to police.
Garner was 17 when he first started accessing the system to change grades, according to court records.
The two teens were arraigned on March 4 and released on their own recognizance.
They are scheduled to appear in front of Magisterial District Judge Vivian Cohick at 10 a.m. March 21 for a preliminary hearing.