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Teen sentenced in computer hacking

September 12, 2008|H.G. Reza | Times Staff Writer

A teenager charged with hacking into an Orange County high school's computers with a fellow student to change grades has been sentenced to three years' probation and 200 hours of community service, authorities said Thursday.

Tanvir Singh, 18, of Ladera Ranch pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempting to steal public records and one misdemeanor count of illegal computer access, said Susan Kang Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

She said Singh's felony conviction could be reduced to a misdemeanor after one year if he follows the terms of his probation.

Before reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, he faced three additional felony counts.

Prosecutors said Singh and Omar Khan, 18, both students at Tesoro High School, hacked into the school's computers and stole tests in an attempt to improve their college admissions chances.

Khan was charged with 69 felony counts in June and faces a maximum of more than 38 years in prison if convicted.

Schroeder said prosecutors chose not to press for prison time for Singh because he "accepted responsibility very early in the proceedings" and agreed to cooperate in the investigation.

A pretrial hearing for Khan is scheduled Tuesday.

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hgreza@latimes.com

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