Meridian Man Pleads Guilty to Computer Hacking

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
21-year-old Kaleb Harper Ketchens of Meridian has pleaded guilty to charges he hacked into computers in Texas.

Kaleb Ketchens (Photo courtesy: KVIA-TV)

A man from Meridian has pleaded guilty to hacking the computers of a West Texas school district.

A federal judge in El Paso Wednesday accepted the fraud pleas from 21-year-old Kaleb Harper Ketchens.

Investigators say Ketchens illegally accessed the El Paso Independent School District computer system in August 2011, obtained information on some individuals and posted details online.

Ketchens was arrested in April after a computer security company noticed someone bragging online about the breach.

Ketchens pleaded guilty to two counts of computer fraud and one count of fraud and related activity with identification documents, authentication features and information.

Ketchens faces up to five years in prison on each count. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 12. Ketchens remains in custody.

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