Prabhu Mohapatra

SALT LAKE CITY — A scientist initially charged with stealing trade secrets from a northern Utah chemical company has pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful access to a protected computer.

Prabhu Mohapatra, 42, admitted to the charge Friay in U.S. District Court. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped 25 other charges against him, including any allegations of stealing trade secrets.

Mohapatra worked as a senior scientist at Logan-based Frontier Scientific Inc., from 2009 to 2011. He admitted to accessing a computerized chemical resource notebook and emailing the recipe for a common chemical compound called meso-tetraphenylporphine or TPP to a person in India without company authorization.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups will sentence Mohapatra on Aug. 28. He faces up to five years in prison.

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