An assistant principal and her 17-year-old daughter have been accused of rigging a homecoming court election in Pensacola, Florida by accessing accounts without authorization, authorities said Monday.
Laura Rose Carroll, 50, was arrested Monday and taken to Escambia County Jail with a bond of $8,500, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a press release. Her 17-year-old daughter was also taken into custody and sent to Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
Investigators found Carroll, an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary, and her daughter, a student at Tate High, had used Carroll’s district-level access to accounts and cast hundreds of fraudulent votes for Tate homecoming queen.
The homecoming queen election was flagged as fraudulent when 117 votes were allegedly cast from the same IP address within a short period of time. Authorities have reported that FDLE agents found evidence of unauthorized access on Carroll’s cellphone and home computers.
Investigators have reported nearly 250 fraudulent votes were cast for the homecoming court.
Multiple students told investigators that Carroll’s daughter, who had been named Tate’s 2020 homecoming queen last fall, boasted about using her mother’s account to cast votes.
The investigation also found that Carroll’s account allegedly accessed 372 high school records, with 339 of those records belonging to students at Tate, according to the FDLE press release.
Carroll and her daughter were each charged with several charges, including unlawful use of a two-way communications device and criminal use of personal identifiable information.
District Superintendent, Tim Smith, told the Pensacola News Journal that Carroll has been suspended from her job and her daughter has been expelled from her high school.
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