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Bayside student accused of changing grades

LARGO — A Bayside High School student was arrested Thursday after an investigation revealed he had accessed a school district computer server and changed students' grades.

Brennen Browder, 17, of 5041 Foxbridge Circle N, No. 166, was charged with felony computer fraud.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Browder had been accessing the Pinellas County school district's computer server since Oct. 19.

From his laptop at home, Browder was logging in under the identity of Bayside teacher David Cross, according to the Sheriff's Office. He got Cross' username and password after seeing the teacher type that info into the system.

Browder changed grades and made other changes for himself and three other students.

Administrators discovered the crime while they were investigating why another teacher was denied access to the system, according to the Sheriff's Office.

As that investigation progressed, they determined that Browder had been accessing the system and making changes.

Deputies said Browder admitted to the crime. He was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.

An investigation is ongoing.

Bayside High, at 14405 49th St. N, is an alternative school focused on drop-out prevention.

Bayside student accused of changing grades 11/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 2:56pm]
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