Looking for aliens gets a school employee fired

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

There's lots of reasons to get fired, but this may be a first: A former school district employee is accused of using school computers in an experiment to find space aliens, costing the worker his job and the district more than $1 million.

According to a report on the Associated Press:

School officials say that Brad Niesluchowski, who was Higley Unified School District's information technology director, downloaded free software on district computers in 2000.

The program, known as SETI @ home, uses Internet-connected computers worldwide to analyze radio telescope data in an experiment to find extraterrestrial intelligence.

Apparently, the program bogged down the school's computers and cost a lot of money to be corrected.

Which leaves the question: Did E.T. phone Mesa, Ariz., where this all happened?