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Ex-students charged with hacking Naperville teacher's Facebook page
By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 4/2/2010 10:09 AM | Updated: 4/2/2010 3:14 PM

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Two former Downers Grove North High School students have been charged with harassing a former teacher by hacking her Facebook and e-mail accounts, Naperville police said.

Courtney Hughes, 18, of Woodridge, has been charged with two counts of computer tampering and one count of harassment via an electronic communication device, Sgt. Gregg Bell said.

He said Kameron Rush, 18, of Downers Grove, also has been charged with two counts of computer tampering.

Charges are pending for a third suspect who Bell said is also a former student and a friend of Hughes and Rush.

All of the charges are misdemeanors, he said.

Bell said the three used their computers to hack into the teacher's e-mail and Facebook accounts between December and February.

The teacher lives in Naperville and Bell said police were contacted after the students called the teacher and told her what they were doing.

He said the students did not post anything inflammatory about the teacher on the site, just deleted posts and e-mails and moved things around.

"It looks like they were just being nuisances and trying to upset the teacher," Bell said. "They even called her and told her they were in messing around."

He said it's unclear if the three had a problem with the teacher.

"We know they were former students, but we still aren't certain if there was a problem between the students and teacher or not," he said.

Bell said a specially trained police officer accessed the teacher's computer and traced the alleged tampering back to the suspects.

The two are free on bail and have preliminary court dates pending in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Bell said the third suspect is expected to be arrested in the near future.