Student sentenced in grade changing case

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A man police said tampered with Purdue University computers to change his grades was back in court Monday.

Purdue student Sujay Sharma was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation, 200 hours community service, and must testify against Mitsutoshi Shirasaki.

Prosecutors said Sharma and two friends, Shirasaki and Roy Sun, stole passwords from a professor and then changed their grades.

The investigation started at the end of 2013. In December, Sharma pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer tampering.

Investigators said the three worked together for years to tamper with a professor’s computer, steal passwords and then change their grades.

Prosecutors said Shirasaki is believed to be in Japan and is wanted on a warrant. In November, the prosecutor’s office asked the federal government to help bring him back to Indiana to face charges, but it’s a process that could months or even years.

Late last year, Sun pleaded guilty to three charges, including two counts of computer tampering and one count of conspiracy to commit computer tampering.

Sun is scheduled to be sentenced in court later this week. He could spend up to four years behind bars for those charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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