A Florida teen who allegedly schemed with her mom to rig an election for homecoming queen is being charged as an adult.
Emily Rose Grover was 17 when she and her mother were arrested for hacking student accounts and casting nearly 250 bogus votes so she could snag the homecoming crown.
But Grover turned 18 last month and the State Attorney’s Office in Escambia County confirmed Tuesday that she’ll be tried as an adult, according to Fox News.
Grover and her mother, 50-year-old Laura Rose Carroll, are facing multiple felonies for fixing the October homecoming vote at Tate High School in Pensacola. Carroll is an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary School in the same county.
An investigation into the vote was sparked a month after the election, when Escambia County School District officials reported unauthorized access to student accounts, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.
Investigators said they found 117 votes originated from the same IP address over a short period of time.
A total of 246 votes were cast from accounts that were accessed by computers inside the mom and daughter’s Pensacola home or from Carroll’s cellphone, the FDLE said.
Some students said Grover had boasted about using her mother’s school district account to cast the votes. Investigators learned that since August 2019, Carroll’s account accessed 372 high school records and 339 of those were Tate students.
Charges against the mom and daughter included unlawful use of a two-way communications device and criminal use of personally identifiable information. Carroll is free on a $6,000 bond and Grover is free on a $2,000 bond. Each faces a maximum of 16 years on the charges.
It wasn’t clear if Carroll had been fired from her job, but officials had confirmed she was suspended.
Grover was expelled from her high school, the AP said.
The State Attorney’s Office in Escambia didn’t return a call from the Post on Tuesday.
With Post wires