Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Orange County High School Student Pulls a Steve Sanders

The story sounds all too familiar, circa 1993. Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering) gets crappy grades and decides it’d be a wise idea to break into his high school computers and change his grades (a-la the help of his “Freshman Buddy” who happened to be a technological genius)—with the hopes that his newfound marks will grant him entry into a (decent) college.

Fast-forward 15 years later, Tesoro high school student Omar Khan took the same action. But unlike in the case of Sanders, Khan’s case is real life. And chances are, there’s not a Principal as understanding as Mrs. Teasley available to bail him out.

Khan, 18, allegedly changed grades for 12 other students as well, and once broke into the locked office of a vice principal in an attempt to retrieve a test after he was caught cheating, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The Coto de Caza resident is charged with nearly 70 felony counts, including altering public records, computer access and fraud, burglary, identity theft and conspiracy. He could be sentenced to more than 38 years in prison if convicted.
He is accused of altering test scores from Advanced Placement classes and school records from previous semesters, often changing grades of "C," "D," or "F" to "A," according to the DA's statement.

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