A scientist accused of stealing secret recipes from a Utah chemistry company has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

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A scientist accused of stealing secret recipes from a Utah chemistry company has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

Prabhu Mohapatra entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court to one count of unlawful access to a protected computer.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/JOw00o ) prosecutors agreed to drop 25 other charges against him in exchange for the plea.

The 42-year-old Mohapatra, who worked for North Logan-based Frontier Scientific Inc. from 2009 to 2011, admitted to accessing a company chemical resource notebook and emailing the recipe for meso-Tetraphenylporphine, or TPP, to his brother-in-law’s company in India.

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Frontier officials say no other company in the world produces the chemical in such large quantities.

Mohapata faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 28.

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