Police: Pa. mom changed her kids' grades in school computer system

Kathryn Mattimore, a Silver Spring, MD resident who lost power during hurricane Isabel, works on her laptop computer in the Mayorga Coffee Factory in Silver Spring, MD on Monday, Sept. 22, 2003. Many local residents are using the coffee shops power and internet services while they wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh) AP Photo, file

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(AP) A Pennsylvania woman allegedly changed her children's grades after logging into a school computer system using passwords obtained when she worked for the district.

Investigators say Catherine Venusto used the Northwestern Lehigh School District superintendent's password to change the grades. She was arraigned Wednesday on a half-dozen felony counts and released on bail.

Officials say Venusto changed a failing grade to a medical exception for he daughter in 2010, when she was still a district secretary. The New Tripoli woman is also accused of bumping one of her son's grades from 98 to 99 percent in February.

State police say Venusto admitted changing the grades, saying she thought her actions were unethical but not illegal.

A phone listing for Venusto could not immediately be located Thursday.

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