Miami Teen Hacked School Website to Change Grade, Now Faces Eight

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Jose Bautisa, an 18-year-old student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, wanted to boost his GPA. Instead of improving his resumé, though, he ended up adding to his rap sheet. The teen now faces eight felonies and has been placed under house arrest after hacking into a school website to change his grades and those of four other students.


Just a month form graduation, Bautisa was arrested by Miami-Dade Schools Police last Thursday after his principal turned him in.

He faces charges of intellectual property offense, modifying programs, and an offense against computer users.

According to CBS Miami, Bautista began soliciting some friends at the beginning of the year about the possibility of changing their grades. WSVN adds that he might have taken money in exchange for the hacking.

On Friday, he appeared in Miami-Dade bond court, where his bond was set at $20,000. He's since been released but ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device and will remain under house arrest.

It's unlikely now that the teen will graduate. However, his public defender noted in court Friday that the total number of charges levied against him might be excessive. He faces multiple counts of the same charge for allegedly changing multiple students' grades.

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RobG10
RobG10

With all the crap going on in our city and this is what the authorities focus on?!? This is like that kid roller blading and getting killed by the cops at the beach. Yet you have prostitution, drugs, kickbacks and this is what the prosecutor of Miami Dade wants to spend of his energy on.

Angelo TenSeventeen
Angelo TenSeventeen

daaaamn i did this in high school. But we stayed in the class when the teacher left got into the computer and change the grade. Fuckin awesome

rey0
rey0

8 Felonies , really ?  WTF is going on ?


Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

Apparently he didn't learn the lesson of that kid at Cooper City a few years back. We Cowboys are ALWAYS ahead of the curve.

Reza Afsari
Reza Afsari

Don't worry NSA has his number for recruitment.

Kristine M. Pawloski
Kristine M. Pawloski

Really???????? Coming from a background in education, this is ridiculous. That's all school systems do, illegal and CYA activity! I went under cover and busted my own supervisor who manipulated my student's psychological report to cover the district's a**. 8 felonies?!?! I'm going to be sick! Sick, sick, sick over all the illegal happenings I have witnessed school districts & personnel get away with, all in the name of $$$$! Give me a break!

Anne Francis
Anne Francis

The people that think he deserved jail time will be the first to bitch about paying taxes... Morons deserve jail time... I'd happily pay to have some of these commentators off our streets.

Omar Ghaffar
Omar Ghaffar

School should have handled this internally.

theodis
theodis

I can remember going to prison for this very same thing when I was 17 years old (Google Theodis Butler humble hacker) with NO BOND!


I feel sorry for this kid. It was all fun for him and contrary to what the media and accusers say, he wasn't doing this for money--the prosecutors just say that so they can charge him with a felony (otherwise it is a misdemeanor--at least in Texas).


My best advise is don't sign a plea bargain. Have a trial with a jury. If you go to jail, you WILL see murders, sex offenders, crack attics, car thieves, armed robbers, etc LEAVE and GO BACK to jail before you even get close to your exit date. Did I mention you will be with the worst of the worst criminals in a state prison? Too bad the crime isn't federal even though supposedly school computers are "government" property.


Your life is over kid, even if you get probation you won't be allowed to touch a computer. Try getting a decent job or going to college? Aint' happening.

It would have been better if you broke into the school, forged the gradebook paperwork, and held your teacher at gun point and made her change your grades, than to hack into the computer.

Sad but true.

Esteban Ortiz
Esteban Ortiz

He will make tons of money working in IT security! Lol.

Yemis Reyes
Yemis Reyes

Thats bs 8 felonies for that child molsters get less charges and most get out early I swear our justice system is crap

Patrick Jones
Patrick Jones

Felony for changing a grade? We rrally need better priorities.

Hope Lefler
Hope Lefler

"Yes, give him a job, that way he can electronically ruin your business for his benefit. This is not a behavior to encourage." I agree.

Kenia West
Kenia West

Hey, fuck the school system. The fact that he hacked into it, shoukd grant him a HS diploma on the spot. Thats more that theyll ever teach u in high school. Fuck this broken school system.

Danny Rodriguez
Danny Rodriguez

Just because he's old enough to know it was stupid the court should be more than willing to realize he's still a stupid kid and it didn't do any harm and he was caught. Imprisoning him does absolutely no favors to him or the rest of the people in miami. Remember as you say yeah he should be arrested for this dumbass crime remember your taxes will be paying for his stay

Roberto Moreno
Roberto Moreno

This punishment is not that extreme. Some of the charges may have been a bit extreme but he made the decisions and even if he didnt know the consequences, ignorance is not an excuse. He's 18..not 5. He's an adult now and the courts will treat him as such

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

"I asked for a car, and got a computer. How's that for being born under a bed. Unlike in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, though, hacking is a serious crime in the real world. ou’d think some teacher would have figured out that the slacker at the back of their class never turning in his homework couldn’t actually have the second best GPA in the school?

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

ok let him pay for the crime, but let him work for a computer tech company, he'll figure it out

Mario Diaz
Mario Diaz

Another prime example of Miami Dade Court Systems and State Attorneys office screwing up the lives of the youth and contributing to his failure in society. Great Job State Attorney! Keep on effin everydody!

Eleanor Middlemas
Eleanor Middlemas

Instead he deserves a slap on the wrist and a scholarship from a computer science college program

Eleanor Middlemas
Eleanor Middlemas

What! How is it that someone can be involved in a hit-and-run that resulted in a death and get like 2 years in jail, and this guy's whole future is thrown away because he possess a talent for hacking?! Can *you* hack into a website like he did?

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson

This is extreme there's people who've done wayyy worse with less punishment when they've stolen and hurt people

Rochelle Long
Rochelle Long

Tracy Ann Frederick Katie Burbine NAthaniel!!??????

Mel Danaïs
Mel Danaïs

Yea lets ruin an 18 year olds life . Lol that sounds like a great idea!......... the court system is messed up...

Johnny Sterlin
Johnny Sterlin

The kid needs guidance not jail time. We all made stupid mistake at that age. Let's not crucify him , and bury his future...

Michael Sulzbach
Michael Sulzbach

Yes, give him a job, that way he can electronically ruin your business for his benefit. This is not a behavior to encourage.

Santiago E. Perez
Santiago E. Perez

He should be set to probation working for the govt. and school district to improve their security.

Deibiddo Shirubāman
Deibiddo Shirubāman

What he deserves is a free ride into a computer science degree. You already know by now that he is smarter than the people who designed his school's IT system. That should be an A+ grade awarded!

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

I wish this kid the best...don't let this mistake ruin his life. Maybe when he graduates...he can go to law school become a public defender and help kids in the same position.

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Should give him a job in information security, since he made their system and administrators, his bitch.

Shaun Gavidia
Shaun Gavidia

It worked out better for Matthew Broderick in WarGames. Him and Ally Sheedy never got caught.

Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

The charges are harsh because it's cybercrime. He's not as smart as some of you are giving him credit for if he got caught.

Dakota Crawford
Dakota Crawford

Ricky is this why u called out of work this weekend?

Dean Rodrigue
Dean Rodrigue

He maybe dumb but can he spell better than NewTimes? "Just a month form graduation" ????

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