By Howard Buck
Columbian staff writer
March 25, 2010
A 21-year-old former Evergreen Public Schools student has pleaded guilty
to criminal charges in connection with a computerized payroll security
breach last November that put more than 5,000 past and current Vancouver
district school employees at risk of identity theft.
Christopher Berge, last known to reside in Oregon City, Ore., was
sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday by Clark County Superior
Court Judge Roger Bennett.
Berge pleaded guilty to counts of first-degree computer trespass;
second-degree identity theft; forgery; and possession of
The news was announced late Wednesday by e-mail from Vancouver
Superintendent Steve Webb to district administrators, and passed to
other employees today. Webb wrote that the pleas brought "closure" to
the data breach uncovered last Nov. 9.
Webb's e-mail said Berge had "shoulder-surfed" a password from an
Evergreen school employee while still a student there.
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