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North Dakota middle school teacher gets 10 years in prison for having sex with a student, sharing illicit photos and videos


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FARGO — A former West Fargo middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student and sharing illicit photos and videos with students was sentenced Monday, Nov. 5, to 10 years in prison.

Shannon Moser, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, wiped away tears as the courtroom in Cass County District Court filled with friends and family, including her husband, Brett.

Prosecutor Tristan Van De Streek had asked for a 20-year sentence, of which Moser would have served 15 years and serve the remaining five years on sex offender parole.

Moser’s attorney Scott Brand asked for a sentence of five years followed by five years of probation and registration as a sex offender. Brand said his client has realized she made a mistake and has been remorseful and cooperative with law enforcement.

The judge, Douglas Herman, sentenced Moser to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised probation.

Before she was sentenced, Moser stood and read a statement to the court.

“I’m vastly ashamed of my simple choices that have hurt so many people,” Moser said.

Moser apologized to her victims, her family and her church. She said at best, she is a hypocrite, at worst she doesn’t deserve to live.

“I violated their trust in me as a teacher and a trusted adult in the community,” Moser said of the victims.

Moser, 38, was charged in July with eight felony counts involving six different victims. She pleaded guilty on Aug. 27 to six of the eight charges including sexual assault, gross sexual imposition, and four counts of luring minors by computer. The remaining two charges were dismissed.

On the gross sexual imposition charge, which claimed she had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy, Moser faced at least five years in prison, the minimum sentence, or up to life in prison, the maximum sentence for the crime.

After receiving an anonymous tip in June, West Fargo police began investigating claims that Moser was sharing nude Snapchat images with a 16-year-old student, according to court documents. The student said Moser then asked him to meet and the two met in Rendezvous Park in West Fargo and drove west of town where they had sex along a gravel road, court documents stated.

A second student, who’s now 15 years old, told police in July that Moser had shared illicit photos and videos with him over Snapchat for about a year, starting when he was 14 years old. Some of the videos showed her having sex with her husband, court documents stated.

The second boy told police he never had any physical contact with Moser, but said she had asked to meet him in person, court documents stated.

Before resigning from her post on July 12, the same day the West Fargo School District was notified of the ongoing investigation, Moser had been a science teacher at Liberty Middle School since fall 2016.

An improvement plan was placed in her teaching file during the 2017-18 school year regarding her classroom conduct after staff and students reported inappropriate conduct.

On July 23, Moser, of Moorhead, Minn., turned herself into the Cass County Jail, where she has remained since.

She no longer holds a valid teaching license in North Dakota. Moser’s license was up for renewal on July 30 and Moser did not seek a renewal.

 

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I just don't get it. There are 2 teachers I know of who are now in prison for the same thing. They could have anyone they wanted, yet  they threw their career, their freedom and their future away for sex with a 14 year old boy.  I know it shouldn't, at this point in my life, but the level of stupidity people lower themselves to amazes me sometimes.

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23 minutes ago, Clancy said:

I just don't get it. There are 2 teachers I know of who are now in prison for the same thing. They could have anyone they wanted, yet  they threw their career, their freedom and their future away for sex with a 14 year old boy.  I know it shouldn't, at this point in my life, but the level of stupidity people lower themselves to amazes me sometimes.

Who knows what makes people or allows people to do this.  It was a problem at my school in the 80s, especially for one teacher.   

The psychology of the guys (boys at the time) is interesting.  Most say, they can deal with, say, (at that time) a Beverly d'Angelo over Rosie as the perpetrator.  For some it was maybe traumatic, for others, it was probably the finest piece of ass they have ever had.  

I'm not offering opinion, just what I know from talking to these guys.  One guy that was involved, my best friend in HS, blew his brains out with a musket, for reasons unknown.         

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