Student hacks school, erases class files

Thursday, 12 June 2003, 2:56 PM EST

Although grades, disciplinary records and other secure information were not accessed, police said Clint W. Triou, a junior at Marion High School near Rochester, deleted the password-protected folders where his classmates stored class projects.

Triou was charged with one felony count of computer trespass and a misdemeanor count of computer tampering. He is scheduled to face charges in Marion Town Court June 18.

"We found a number of hacking software that had been loaded onto the computer," said George Worthington, director of computer services at the 700-student Marion school district. "He had used that to gain access to the administrative computer."

Worthington said Triou is a quiet student who on occasion had asked him for computer help.

"He's asked questions in the past and helped teachers to develop Web pages," Worthington said. "He seemed to be pretty helpful."

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