A school secretary in Pennsylvania faces up to seven years in prison for allegedly hacking into a school district's computer network to change her children's grades and snoop into school personnel files and emails.
Catherine Venusto, 46, worked for the Northwestern Lehigh School
District in the administration building. For approximately six years,
her job responsibilities included creating log-on credentials for school employees
and the district's superintendent. According to the area's local newspaper, The Morning Call:
Venusto accessed the school district's grading database system over 110 times and also viewed district emails and personnel files nearly 12,916 times, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Christie Bonesch.
Authorities say Venusto's daughter went from a failing grade to a medical exception and her son went from a grade of 98 percent to 99 percent. Venusto claims her son's grade went from 96 to 99, according to testimony Monday.