Man Pleads Guilty To Hacking School District Computers

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man from Mississippi has pleaded guilty to hacking the computers of a West Texas school district.

A federal judge in El Paso on Wednesday accepted the fraud pleas from 21-year-old Kaleb Harper Ketchens of Meridian, Miss.

Investigators say Ketchens in August 2011 illegally accessed the El Paso Independent School District computer system, obtained information on some individuals and posted details online.

Ketchens was arrested in April after a computer security company noticed someone bragging online about the breach.

Ketchens pleaded guilty to two counts of computer fraud and one count of fraud and related activity with identification documents, authentication features and information.

He faces up to five years in prison on each count. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 12 for Ketchens, who remains in custody.

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