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Teen Charged with Hacking School Computers to Change Grades

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CBS Miami reports that Jose Bautista, 18, has been arrested and charged with accessing the computer system at Miami's Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in order to change his own and four other students' report cards (h/t Softpedia).

According to WSVN, Bautista was charged with four counts of offenses against intellectual property, public records exemption, and four counts of offenses against computer users.

All eight charges are felonies.

The school's principal said Bautista gave him a written confession, and other students whose grades were altered said Bautista had approached them earlier this year and asked if they wanted their grades changed.

Bautista has been placed under house arrest with a GPS monitor.

"The school district takes incidents like this very seriously," Miami-Dade Schools said in a statement. "In addition to the arrest and ongoing criminal investigation, the Code of Student Conduct provides for corrective strategies up to and including recommendation for expulsion."

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