Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California.

D. Ramey Logan

Timothy Lance Lai, a Southern California tutor accused of orchestrating a group of Corona del Mar High School students to install keyloggers on their teachers’ computers, has finally been arrested after more than eight months of being on the lam. Lai’s keylogging ring aimed to alter student grades at the school, but he is now being held at the Santa Ana Jail in Orange County.
Lai was arrested late Monday after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, and he was promptly charged with one felony count of second degree commercial burglary and four felony counts of computer access and fraud, according to the Newport Beach Police Department. The police also noted that if Lai is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in jail.
Previously, Lai was wanted as a person of interest by local police but had not been formally charged with a crime. There also wasn’t a warrant for his arrest. The police did execute a search on Lai’s home in December 2013, seizing a number of items, including hard drives, flash drives, and school materials.
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