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Forum News Service, Published March 12 2013

Former Grand Forks-area teacher faces additional luring charges; police seek public’s help with Facebook contacts

A former Edmore, N.D., teacher and coach who also worked this year in the Grand Forks School District, has been charged with additional counts in connection with luring minors through the internet.

Grand Forks Police Department charged Jeremy Patrick Thompson with five counts of luring a minor by computer or other electronic means, and four counts of contributing to the deprivation of a minor, according to a news release issued today.

An additional eight victims also have been identified through the ongoing investigation, police said.

Thompson initially was charged in January with luring a 12-year-old girl from the Edmore school with sexual messages and photos online.

As part of the investigation, police have identified other names that allegedly have been used to create fictitious Facebook accounts to further these crimes.

The false names associated with the investigation are: John Erickson, Megan Littleton and Eric Berry.

Police ask that if anyone in the Grand Forks area is aware of these names being used in Facebook interactions with their children, they should contact the police department at (701) 787-8000.

At the time of his arrest, Thompson was a “paraeducator” in Grand Forks, at South Middle School, Schroeder Middle School and Red River High School, as well as a coach at South, according to School District officials.

Thompson has been incarcerated, on $50,000 bail, in Grand Forks County Correctional Center since his January arrest, according to a spokesman at the jail.

The investigation is continuing.