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Sentencing set for ex-West Fargo teacher accused of sexual contact with students

Shannon Moser appears in Cass County District Court during her plea hearing on Monday, Aug. 27.David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — The sentencing of Shannon Moser, a former West Fargo middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with students is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Cass County District Court.

Moser, 38, pleaded guilty on Monday, Aug. 27 to six felonies including sexual assault, gross sexual imposition, and four counts of luring minors by computer.

Moser had been a teacher at Liberty Middle School since fall 2016. She resigned earlier this year when allegations came to light.

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She no longer holds a valid teaching license in North Dakota. Becky Pitkin, executive director of the state Education Standards and Practices Board, said Moser’s license was up for renewal on July 30 and Moser did not seek a renewal.

Pitkin said if a license holder is convicted of a felony involving children, the courts generally notify the licensing board of such a conviction, which would result in the license being revoked by the board.

Although Moser no longer has a current license, Pitkin said the board would likely get notice of the case after the sentencing hearing and could take formal action at a later meeting.

Police began investigating Moser in June after two students reported she shared illicit videos over Snapchat with them and a 16-year-old said he had sex with Moser.

She was charged with eight felony counts involving six different victims. Two of the charges were dismissed on Monday.

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

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