Crime & Justice

Tutor charged in Corona del Mar High School grade scandal

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A private tutor who fled the country after allegedly hacking a Southern California high school computer and changing student grades has been arrested.

Authorities say Timothy Lance Lai was taken into custody Monday at Los Angeles International Airport. There's no word on whether he was jailed or has a lawyer.

Orange County prosecutors allege that Lai broke into Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach last year, used recorded keystroke data to access the school computer network and changed the grades of three students.

A teacher noticed the changes and contacted school officials.

Lai was charged Monday with commercial burglary, computer access and fraud. He could face more than 5 ½ years in jail if convicted.

Eleven students who also allegedly hacked the system were expelled from school.