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Former UI student who changed grades online to be sentenced in August

The Pentacrest on the campus of the University of Iowa including the Old Capitol Building (center), Macbride Hall (top left), Jessup Hall (bottom left), Schaeffer Hall (top right), and MacLean Hall (bottom right) in an aerial photograph. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette/file photo)
The Pentacrest on the campus of the University of Iowa including the Old Capitol Building (center), Macbride Hall (top left), Jessup Hall (bottom left), Schaeffer Hall (top right), and MacLean Hall (bottom right) in an aerial photograph. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette/file photo)

IOWA CITY — A former University of Iowa student will be sentenced in federal court in August in connection with allegations that he accessed and changed grades and got copies of exams.

According to federal court records, on Monday, Trevor Graves pleaded guilty to transmission of command to damage a protected computer during a hearing in the U.S. Southern District Court of Iowa. Graves, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 23, according to court records.

According to a statement of facts in the plea arrangement filed Monday, Graves admitted that between March 25, 2015 and Nov. 28, 2016, he used a “key logger” on University of Iowa computers to obtain the user names and passwords of several UI professors and subsequently using that information to delete or change student grades for himself and other students. Graves also obtained advance copies of exams for other students.

The investigation and response to Graves’ network breech cost the university $67,900, the plea agreement states.

In exchange for pleading guilty, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed to drop six other charges against Graves. Graves faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and a supervised release of up to three years.

Graves will remain on pretrial release until sentencing, according to court documents.

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