PENSACOLA, Fla. – Emily Grover, the Florida high university homecoming queen accused of rigging her school’s election, pleaded not guilty in court this week to all four fees she faces.
Grover, who was 17 when arrested and has due to the fact turned 18, is remaining tried out as an grownup. She was scheduled to appear in Escambia County Court on Friday. Her lawyer, on the other hand, filed a waiver previously this 7 days and entered Grover’s plea of not guilty.
Grover and her mom, Laura Carroll, assistant principal at Bellview Elementary University, have been arrested in March immediately after authorities stated the duo employed Carroll’s specific entry to the district’s pupil facts method to cast hundreds of fraudulent votes for Grover in the homecoming queen election at Tate High University.
In Oct 2020, the Escambia County Faculty District’s election software software flagged hundreds of votes in the homecoming election as fraudulent, causing the district to contact the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement. At about the same time, the district’s scholar council coordinator was notified Grover experienced allegedly commented about utilizing her mom’s Target account to cast votes, in accordance to arrest warrants.
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The investigation finally located that Carroll’s “district-degree entry” to the Target method enabled her and Grover to cast 246 votes across two devices for Grover as homecoming queen.
The investigation also explained that Grover allegedly overtly utilised her mother’s Concentration account to obtain other students’ profiles, which incorporate information and facts these types of as grades, healthcare information and exam scores. Law enforcement officials collected 9 statements from learners and a instructor who said they possibly read Grover talking about accessing the account or viewed her log on to it in excess of the training course of 4 many years.
Grover was finally expelled from Tate High University, in accordance to her arrest warrant. Carroll was suspended from her posture immediately after her arrest. University officers have declined to say if they have since terminated Carroll.
Grover is billed with a single depend of each and every of the following:
- Offenses from buyers of pcs, laptop techniques, personal computer networks and electronic units (3rd-degree felony)
- Unlawful use of a two-way communications system (3rd-diploma felony)
- Legal use of personally identifiable data (3rd-degree felony)
- Conspiracy to dedicate these offenses (1st-diploma misdemeanor)
Her mom, Laura Carroll, pleaded not guilty in early April to the same four rates.
Both of those women’s circumstances will now go through a discovery stage in which their lawyer, Randall Etheridge, will master what proof the condition has against them.
Right after that, Etheridge will schedule depositions of all the state’s witnesses and then Carroll and Etheridge will decide whether to enter a plea deal or go to a jury trial.
Follow Annie Blanks on Twitter: @AnniePNJ. Contributing: The Involved Press.