Mammoth Police arrest teen and allege computer hacking and selling of grades

MLPD 3-23-10

 

On May 11, 2012 a 15 year old Mammoth Lakes High School student was arrested following an investigation into alleged hacking ofthe school’s computer system for the purpose of changing student grades.  Officer Andy Lehr, the School Resource Officer, became aware of the crime approximately one week ago and after interviewing several students, identified the subject and determined that he was changing the grades for other students for money.

The student, whose name will not be released due to his age, was arrested for 502 of the Penal Code (Unauthorized Access to Computers, Computer Systems, and Computer Data) and 460 PC (Second Degree Burglary) and released to his parents.  He was cited back to Juvenile Court.

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salblaster
salblaster
10 years ago

I would bet that kid is scared out of his or her mind right now and their family. when the full force of the police come down on someone its with the maximum charges possible then a plea deal is usually reached after 5 or 6 court dates . hopefully… Read more »

tit for tat
tit for tat
10 years ago

You don’t suppose this “bust” is in response to the MLPD being told they may have to cut their staff?

Harry
Harry
10 years ago
Reply to  tit for tat

Sad that you look at the police doing their job enforcing the law as a payback. Bashing the police is wrong. You should bash those who created the problem, the Town Council, their high paid consultants and over paid lawyers whose shoddy work and their inaccurate advice that led the… Read more »

jose chavez
jose chavez
10 years ago

dont punish the kid for his creaative talent…..punish him for breaking school rules. yes , in the eyes of the law, he broke it. any officer could have file those charges…..not just the school’s resource officer. mammoth high is still a very small campus so there is plenty of argument… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

I think the police should be ashamed to admit their throwing the book at a sophomore for something so minor.

sierragrl
sierragrl
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

first of all, the police arrest people, the DA charges them. The DA in Mono county, and I think Inyo too, have lost all touch with reality on what a ‘real’ crime is. They typically charge the worst crime they possibly can and pile it on best they can, with… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  sierragrl

Sierra Girl- The police and DA are in bed together. I’m glad to see you seem to agree these charges are overkill. I hope the DA does the right thing and realizes this is just a kid being a kid.

Just the facts
Just the facts
10 years ago

Interesting different points of view.

Some see this story as:
Boys will be boys. Scare him soundly and perhaps he’s learned his lesson.

Others see it as:
Show no mercy. Hang ’em from the highest tree. That’s the lesson to be learned.

Reallysad
Reallysad
10 years ago

this is based on personal experience with my son.

Eastern Sierra local
Eastern Sierra local
10 years ago

The kid should get an “A” in his computer class!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago

And maybe ANOTHER party on the mountain for him…..

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne- to compare this kid to the Walker case is anal. All he did was piss off the the Mammoth teachers and their overblown egos. Your argument that he cheated some kid out of his real grade is weak. This should be handled by the principle , not a judge.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

There’s a couple of guys down in Inyo being tried for sexual crimes, perhaps mmsa can through a party for them.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Rob…I didn’t compare this to the Walker case…..YOU did…What I see in some posts here is more Mammoth Mountain “hero-worship” going on…like this kid should be rewarded for what he did…And saying all he did was is “piss off some teachers with egos”…now that is an anal thing to say….I… Read more »

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Hey Wayne, you put up a valid argument that I have to agree with. The hard working kids don’t deserve it.

I think it’s easy to take comments out of context when one doesn’t personally know the person making a post. Many of my comments are just sarcasm.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago

If the kid doesn’t have any priors no judge in his right mind would convict him of a felony. A few hundred hours of community service would do just fine. If he truely hacked their system and didn’t just steal a password he has a job waiting for him when… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

I say leave this kid alone. 15 years old and probably smarter than the teachers he has to listen to all day long. I’d love to hear how they came up with burglary on this one. After they get done screwing up this kids life, maybe they should hire him… Read more »

harry
harry
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

It is the kid who is screwing up his own life. I hope he learns from this experence.

Reality Bites
Reality Bites
10 years ago

I would put the kid on probation, community service and some mentoring and not ruin his chances to be a productive citizen for the rest of his life with a felony.

I am betting Wayne did some dumb things as a kid and never got caught.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Reality Bites

Reality Bites…..Most of the dumb things I did,I waited untill I was an adult to do them.But,even still,nothing that included anytype of felony charges or arrests.But you are right saying a few things I never got caught doing….thank goodness…

harry
harry
10 years ago
Reply to  Reality Bites

The kid is a juvenile. He will serve no time. His juvenile record will be sealed. If he is smart and learns his lesson from this he will be able to use his computer skills to get him a degree in computer science and be a productive member of society.

In the know
In the know
10 years ago
Reply to  harry

Harry, if he was arrested for a felony and fingerprinted ,that stays on his Rap Sheet for the rest of his life, even if the report is sealed.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago

Tourbillon…..In my opinion,if I were the D.A.,I would charge this kid to the max,and let it play out in court…..to send a message to all the stupid kids that think ,if your able to hack into a computer,one can totally turn the school system,and education system upside down.Think of all… Read more »

Joe
Joe
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, My dad was telling me one day that when he was in college, someone had broken into his schools computer system and had a fictitious student graduate the computer science department with honors. The person that did it did not get in trouble but in fact was asked to… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne- Before you flog this kid, tell me who the victim is here?

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

The victim? The IT managers ego.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

The victim(s)are the kids that bust their butts to do well in school,trying to get good grades,and trying to go on to collage to better themselves. and the teachers,trying to educate their students,…while some find ways to loligag through their classes,do nothing to advance any,except for finding ways to beat… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago

Yeah, but on the plus side, if he learns enough in Felony University to enhance his hacking skills, he’ll end up with a movie and book deal and work for some computer security firm for big bucks. So I’d say he’s on the right track and don’t let little setbacks… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
10 years ago

No, the kid should not have changed the grades. Time was, you did something like that and you got suspended, and if it was really egregious, maybe expelled and sent to a special school. That was when we still retained a sense of perspective. Now, a 15 year old male… Read more »

Bill
Bill
10 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Tourbillon, just wait and see… it’s a little early to over-react. Just because the laws you stated could possibly carry such stiff penalties does not mean this 15 yr old kid will actually be sentenced so severely. I think there is still a bit of “perspective” out there. However, just… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
10 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, if you want to counsel against overreaction, why don’t you dial up the officer who charged this kid with multiple crimes? And yes, it’s important to teach kids right from wrong. Reread the first sentence of my post. But when traditional non-judicial institutions are increasingly displaced by the criminal… Read more »

Bill
Bill
10 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Tourbillon, the LEO did his job and applied charges to the crimes committed. It’s not his job to prosecute those charges. That is up to our court system to determine and maybe some charges get dropped or downgraded? And again, it’s too early to over-react… the D.A., lawyers, and judge… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago

What was it that some posters were saying about no need,and a waste of money,for a School Resource Officer ?…..or is this type of crime OK,or no big deal, in the town of Mammoth?

sierragrl
sierragrl
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

What, for some reason a LEO not assigned to the school couldn’t investigate and make an arrest? am I missing something Wayne?

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

On the contrary. That we are paying a policeman to charge trivial juvenile misbehavior as a crime, and that the Mono County Courts are evidently complicit in elevating what should be a school/family issue into a criminal justice issue, strongly suggests that the police and courts in Mono County are… Read more »

harry
harry
10 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Tourbillon, It is a crime! It isn’t trivial juvenile misbehavior! It is the gateway to more serious web criminal activity on the part of this individual. Not only was he hacking into the schools computer system he was doing it for a profit. These charges and his appearance in Juvenile… Read more »

Jake
Jake
10 years ago
Reply to  harry

We do not need a officer on campus to make an arrest…. maybe YOU can pay for it.