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Published September 20, 2013, 05:45 PM

Former Grand Forks sentenced to ten years for luring minors

A former educator in Grand Forks and Edmore will spend ten years in prison for luring minors over the Internet. 28-year-old Jeremy Thompson pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors to 5 of 11 luring charges. In addition to a decade of prison time, he'll serve 11 years of supervised probation.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

A former educator in Grand Forks and Edmore will spend ten years in prison for luring minors over the Internet. 28-year-old Jeremy Thompson pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors to 5 of 11 luring charges. In addition to a decade of prison time, he'll serve 11 years of supervised probation.

Thompson showed remorse Friday in court for his actions. He apologized for what he has done, and says he hopes to be able to get help while he's serving his prison sentence.

Thompson was charged in January with luring a 12-year-old girl with photos and messages. He was later charged for similar crimes involving eight other girls ages 13 to 17.

Police identified three names which Thompson allegedly used to create fake Facebook accounts to lure the young girls. Thompson was fired after the Grand Forks School District completed an investigation. Thompson began working for the district in October of 2011, after being asked to resign from teaching at Adams-Edmore High School when he was caught passing inappropriate notes to a student. He was a para-educator at Schroeder Middle School, South Middle School and Red River High School. He was also a football coach and girls basketball coach.

Thompson's probation requires him to have a job, be actively looking for a job, or be enrolled in school that could lead to employment. Following jail time, as part of his probation, Thompson is not allowed to use the internet. He's also not allowed to be within 100 yards of any institution where the majority of people are children, including arcades, and of course, schools.

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