A trial date has been set for the former teacher accused of accessing student information to help her daughter win the crown of homecoming queen at Tate High School.
Laura Carroll appeared in an Escambia County courtroom on Thursday, her request to stand was denied. Carroll’s attorney argued for the hold because he hadn’t seen Verizon’s records and Google account information.
Prosecutors said Carroll was offered a plea deal which she rejected – to plead guilty to one felony and receive probation, while the other felony charges would be dropped.
Jury selection was to begin on January 31. Carroll faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Carroll, former vice principal of Bellview Elementary School, and her daughter Emily Rose Grover have been charged by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with one count each of criminal offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks and electronic devices; felony of unlawful use of a two-way communication device, felony of criminal use of personally identifiable information and conspiracy to commit these offences.
Grover enters a pre-trial diversion program which, if completed, will result in the charges against being dismissed.
Both were charged with illegally accessing the Escambia County School District’s FOCUS computer system and voting for Tate’s fall 2020 homecoming queen 246 times. Grover won, but she was then was expelled.
Photo from NorthEscambia.com (left) and Escambia County Jail photos, click to enlarge.