The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has charged Domanik Green, 14, an eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School, with an offense against a computer system and unauthorized access. Sheriff Chris Nocco, said that Green hacked into his school’s secure computer network on March 31, using an administrative-level password without permission. He then changed the background image on a teacher’s computer to one showing two men kissing. For that, Green was arrested and is slapped with a felony.
One of the computers Green accessed also had encrypted 2014 FCAT questions stored on it, though the sheriff and Pasco County School District officials said Green did not view or tamper with those files – Green was just trying to play a prank on a teacher he didn’t like by putting inappropriate pictures onto his computer to annoy him.
“Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done”, an unconvinced Nocco said, adding, “If information comes back to us and we get evidence (that other kids have done it), they’re going to face the same consequences”.
Green was suspended from school for 10 days, after which he was released from Land O’Lakes Detention Center into the custody of his mother. His mother believes since Green didn’t access the test files or change grades, it proves he doesn’t deserve a felony charge for the offense. He’ll likely be granted pre-trial intervention by a judge, sheriff’s detective Anthony Bossone said.
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