A Cherry Hill High School East senior and a recent graduate were charged with computer theft after authorities said they hacked into the school computer system and improved grade records for four other students, police and school officials said yesterday.
Charged was Jonathan To, 18, a Drexel University freshman who graduated from the elite high school last year. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
A 17-year-old high school senior, whose name was withheld by police because he is a minor, was charged with the same crime. He could be imprisoned in a juvenile facility until he is 21 if convicted.
The grade-changing occurred in June and was discovered by a school employee during a routine audit of student grades in early September, according to school district officials. A discrepancy between computerized student transcripts and teachers’ grade reports led to a joint school and police investigation, which was disclosed by The Inquirer last month.