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Forum News Service, Published May 31 2013

Former Grand Forks educator pleads guilty to luring

GRAND FORKS - A former educator here and in Edmore, N.D., has entered a plea agreement for charges that he lured minors over the Internet.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, filed May 29 in state District Court in Grand Forks, Jeremy Patrick Thompson, 28, is pleading guilty to five out of 11 charges of luring in 2012 and 2013.

The agreement recommends Thompson be sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison, with 10 years suspended and to be served on supervised probation, for luring minors by computer and contributing to the deprivation of a minor. He would also serve one year on unsupervised probation.

Sentencing by District Judge Debbie Kleven has been scheduled for Sept. 4.

Thompson was charged in January with luring a 12-year-old girl from his former school with sexual photos and messages, some of which were first discovered by the mother on the girl’s Facebook account.

He was later charged with five felonies and four misdemeanors for similar crimes involving eight other girls over a period of about a year. Thompson had allegedly created Facebook accounts using fake names and posed as middle and high school students, exchanging inappropriate photos and messages with the victims, ages 13 to 17, said investigators.

Thompson, a former para-educator and coach in the Grand Forks district, was fired in January after his arrest.