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North Dakota board revokes license of former West Fargo teacher convicted of sex crimes

Shannon Moser, a former West Fargo middle school teacher, surveys the gallery after entering a Cass County District Court courtroom for her sentencing hearing on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Moser pleaded guilty in August to six felonies including sexual assault, gross sexual imposition, and four counts of luring minors by computer. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum

BISMARCK — A North Dakota state board revoked the license for a former West Fargo middle school teacher who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a student and sharing illicit photos and videos with students Thursday, Dec. 6.

The Education Standards and Practices Board, which is responsible for teacher licensing in the state, only briefly discussed Shannon Moser's license before voting to revoke it. Her license had expired at the end of July, but the board can revoke a license for actions that occurred while a teacher was licensed.

State law requires the board to "immediately revoke" a teacher's license if he or she has been found guilty of a crime against a child or a sexual offense. Somebody whose license has been revoked under that law may request a hearing, but its scope would be limited to determining whether they were convicted of such a crime or whether it was overturned on appeal.

Moser pleaded guilty to six of the eight felony charges against her, including sexual assault, gross sexual imposition and four counts of luring minors by computer. The gross sexual imposition charge claimed she had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy.

The two other charges against Moser were dismissed. Under her sentence handed down in early November, she will serve five years of supervised probation after her prison term and will register as a sex offender.

Moser had been a science teacher at Liberty Middle School since 2016. Her attorney didn't return a message seeking comment Thursday.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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