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Associated Press , Published November 27 2013

Bismarck teacher pleads not guilty to sex with boy

BISMARCK — A physical education teacher from Wachter Middle School in Bismarck pleaded not guilty to charges she had sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Susan Duursma waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday and went to arraignment where the 34-year-old entered a not guilty plea to three counts of felony corruption or solicitation of minors.

Duursma is accused of a sex act with a 15-year-old boy three times between March and July, in her home and in a vehicle.

Two days after being charged, the Bismarck School Board voted to suspend Duursma without pay and start the discharge process. The next step is a hearing before an administrative law judge.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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