Grover, who was 17 when arrested and has since turned 18, is being tried as an grownup. She was scheduled to seem in Escambia County Courtroom on Friday. Her legal professional, nevertheless, filed a waiver earlier this week and entered Grover’s plea of not responsible.
Grover and her mom, Laura Carroll, assistant principal at Bellview Elementary College, have been arrested in March after authorities stated the duo used Carroll’s particular entry to the district’s pupil information system to forged a whole bunch of fraudulent votes for Grover within the homecoming queen election at Tate Excessive College.
In October 2020, the Escambia County College District’s election software program utility flagged a whole bunch of votes within the homecoming election as fraudulent, inflicting the district to contact the Florida Division of Legislation Enforcement. At about the identical time, the district’s pupil council coordinator was notified Grover had allegedly commented about utilizing her mother’s FOCUS account to forged votes, in response to arrest warrants.
The investigation in the end discovered that Carroll’s “district-level entry” to the FOCUS system enabled her and Grover to forged 246 votes throughout two units for Grover as homecoming queen.
The investigation additionally stated that Grover allegedly brazenly used her mom’s FOCUS account to entry different college students’ profiles, which comprise info comparable to grades, medical information and take a look at scores. Legislation enforcement officers collected 9 statements from college students and a trainer who stated they both heard Grover speaking about accessing the account or watched her log onto it over the course of 4 years.
Grover was in the end expelled from Tate Excessive College, in response to her arrest warrant. Carroll was suspended from her place after her arrest. College officers have declined to say if they’ve since terminated Carroll.
Grover is charged with one depend of every of the next:
- Offenses in opposition to customers of computer systems, laptop methods, laptop networks and digital units (third-degree felony)
- Illegal use of a two-way communications gadget (third-degree felony)
- Felony use of personally identifiable info (third-degree felony)
- Conspiracy to commit these offenses (first-degree misdemeanor)
Her mom, Laura Carroll, pleaded not responsible in early April to the identical 4 fees.
Each girls’s instances will now undergo a discovery part wherein their legal professional, Randall Etheridge, will study what proof the state has in opposition to them.
After that, Etheridge will schedule depositions of all of the state’s witnesses after which Carroll and Etheridge will determine whether or not to enter a plea deal or go to a jury trial.
Comply with Annie Blanks on Twitter: @AnniePNJ. Contributing: The Related Press.