Former Area Teacher Faces Additonal Luring ChargesA former Edmore, N.D., teacher and coach who worked this school year in the Grand Forks School District and was charged in January with luring a minor through the internet has been charged with eight more similar counts involving eight more alleged minor victims.
By: Stacie Van Dyke, Forum Communications
A former Edmore, N.D., teacher and coach who worked this school year in the Grand Forks School District and was charged in January with luring a minor through the internet has been charged with eight more similar counts involving eight more alleged minor victims.
Jeremy Patrick Thompson, 28, will appear today in state district court in Grand Forks on five counts of sexually luring a minor using the internet – three counts are Class B felonies with maximum 10-year penalties, two counts are Class C felonies with five-year maximum sentences. He also faces two counts of deprivation of a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, each Class A misdemeanor charges with top sentences of a year in jail if he’s convicted.
According to charging documents from the Grand Forks County State’s Attorney’s office, Thompson committed the crimes on seven dates last year, from Jan. 10, 2012 to Dec. 26.
Thompson remains in the Grand Forks County jail where he’s been since being charged in January with luring a 12-year-old girl from Edmore, allegedly sending her sexual messages and photos of his genitals via the internet.
Thompson taught in the Edmore-Adams school district until moving to Grand Forks in early 2011. It’s not clear that he met the Edmore girl through school; but investigative documents say he had worked one summer for her father.Until early January this year, Thompson worked as a “para-educator,” in several Grand Forks public schools, and as a coach in South Middle School.
As part of the initiatal investigation, a California company was ordered to search all of Thompson’s email and other internet accounts for other possible evidence of crimes, according to investigators.
Grand Forks police said in a news release that Thompson created Facebook accounts using fictitious names to contact minors, including the names John Erickson, Megan Littleton and Eric Berry.
Police said any parents in the region should check to see if their children communicated with those Facebook accounts and call police at (701) 787-8000 with any information.