A teenage girl in Pensacola, Florida, is accused of rigging her high school's homecoming queen election and could face years behind bars.
Emily Rose Grover was 17 years old at the time of her arrest in March but the State Attorney's Office just announced the teen will be tried as an adult. Her mother, who was employed as an assistant principal at an elementary school in the same county, is also facing several felony charges for abusing her power to help her daughter with the election.
Officials say Carroll was able to access the school district's online system to cast hundreds of votes that would guarantee her daughter's win. Florida Department of Law Enforcement first began the investigation in November when the Escambia County School District reported hundreds of student's accounts had been hacked. Upon further investigation, officials found that 117 votes had been flagged as fraudulent in October because they were all sent from the same IP address within a short period of time.
This eventually led investigators to find evidence of Carroll gaining unauthorized access using her cellphone and computers in her home. Between all of Carroll's devices, there were 264 fraudulent votes cast for her daughter.
According to what several Tate High School students told investigators, Grover bragged about learning how to gain access to the system using her mother's credentials. Investigators say Carroll had special district-level access to the school board's program.
Officials say Carroll has since been suspended from her job at the school but it isn't clear if she has been fired. Likewise, Grover was expelled from Tate High School.
Both mother and daughter are being charged with offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, and electronic devices as well as unlawful use of a communication device, criminal use of personally identifiable information, and conspiracy to commit these offenses.
Grover was set free on a $2,000 bond and Carroll on a $6,000 bond. If convicted the mother and daughter could be looking at a 16-year sentence.