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Women Accused Of Scheme To Change Community College Grades

Credit: Newtown Township police

A Bucks County Community College student has been accused in a plot access the school’s computer system and changing grades.

Aleisha M. Morosco, 30, of Upper Makefield, and Kelly Margaret Marryott, 37, of Lower Makefield, were charged this week with unlawful use of a computer, conspiracy, computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, identify theft and conspiracy to commit identify theft. They surrendered to police custody to be arraigned.

Newtown Township police said the learned in late July that staff at the community college learned someone gained “unauthorized access” to their systems using a faculty member’s credentials. While in the system, changes to student grades were made, including Morosco’s own scores.

As police investigated the incident further, they uncovered Marryott had used information gained on the faculty member through the 37 year old’s employment at a medical office to help Morosco gain access to the grading system, authorities said.

Morosco was a part-time student at the community college and Marryott was not, officials said.

The community college released the following statement on the arrests:

Bucks County Community College discovered the hack, reported it to Newtown Township Police and worked cooperatively with law enforcement to resolve the case. The College takes the integrity of its data systems very seriously. All of the grades altered in the breach were restored to their correct level. We thank the Newtown Township Police Department for their professionalism in bringing this investigation to its appropriate conclusion.

The women were arraigned before District Judge Mick Petrucci and released on $40,000 unsecured bail.

Editor’s Note: The story has been updated to note only one of the women was a student. 

Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001