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17-Year Old Boy Arrested For Hacking A High School Network System

A 17-year old Sioux Falls boy was arrested Monday after hacking into the O’Gorman Catholic High School network last Thursday. Officials suspected something when the network, phones and internet all went down. Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls police department say the juvenile is currently being charged with a felony of intentional damage to property. 

"The intentional damage to property is set out in state statute, basically by dollar amount. So anything under one-thousand dollars is going to be any one of varying degrees of misdemeanor. Anything over one-thousand dollars, I think up to ten-thousand dollars is one felony and then higher than that becomes a different felony," Clemens says.

Clemens says the recovery cost of the system was estimated to run over one-thousand dollars. He says this is an incident police don’t see often in Sioux Falls. The Police Reports are scheduled to be reviewed  by the Minnehaha County States Attorney’s Office. Clemens says the charges could be amended in Juvenile Court.

Nate Wek is currently the sports content producer and sports and rec beat reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting and a minor in Leadership. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate, his wife Sarah, and two kids Braxan and Jordy, live in Canton, SD.