Former Tate reunion queen gets community service, but she won’t have to say she’s sorry: NorthEscambia.com
A former Tate High School throwback queen will have to stay out of trouble and open a community service home, but she won’t have to say she’s sorry under a pretrial diversion program.
Emily Rose Grover was a 17-year-old minor at the time of her April 2021 arrest by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Prosecutors said she used her mother’s credentials to access the Escambia County School District’s FOCUS system to access the confidential information of hundreds of Tate High School students. They say she then used the personal identifying information of other students to fraudulently vote for the homecoming queen at the Tate.
Grover, now 18, pleaded no contest this week and moved into a pretrial intervention (PTI) program administered by the Florida Department of Corrections.
Upon successful completion of the program, the state will allow Grover to withdraw her plea and all charges against her will be dismissed. If she fails to complete the PTI program, the case will go straight to sentencing where she faces up to 16 years in state prison.
Under the agreement, she will have to complete 100 hours of community service with no option to buy back. She was ordered to pay court costs of $518, prosecution costs of $150 and monitoring costs of $53 per month.
There are also a dozen standard terms, including job or school, stay away from drugs and alcohol, no weapons, “follow all house rules”, “live with and obey one’s parents or guardians” and “disrespect no one”.
The original agreement, as obtained by NorthEscambia.com, also required Grover to write a “letter of apology to all other attendees at Tate High School Homecoming Court, Tate School and the Escambia County School District”, but that condition was removed before. has been finalized.
Grover and his mother Laura Carroll, a former vice principal at Bellview Elementary School, were charged by the FDLE with one count each of criminal offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks and electronic devices; felony of unlawful use of a two-way communication device, felony of criminal use of personally identifiable information and conspiracy to commit these offences.
Carroll previously pleaded not guilty and is due in court next week.
Grover won the Tate homecoming queen in the fall of 2020, but she was kicked out and stripped of the crown.