A middle school teacher who let her pupils in her class call her "Kim Kardashian" has pleaded guilty to having inappropriate sexual relationships with several of her students, according to reports.
Shannon Moser, 37, from North Dakota, entered guilty pleas on Monday after in Cass County Court to counts of gross sexual imposition, sexual assault and luring a minor by computer, Valley News Live reported.
“We’re pleased the case is developing how it is developing; we’re pleased Miss Moser entered the guilty pleas today,” prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek said.
The Liberty Middle School teacher was accused of sending sexually explicit Snapchat photos and videos to her students and handed in her resignation letter in July of this year, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
The teacher was led into the courtroom in handcuffs. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and with her hair braided, Moser broke down in tears as soon as she joined her attorney in the courtroom.
Prosecutors said that six boys had been victims of Mrs Moser's misconduct, including one who claimed he had sex with Moser at Rendezvous Park in West Fargo. The boy was one of two students who admitted to police that they engaged in sex acts with the teacher, Valley News Live reported.
According to a report in WDAY, Judge Douglas Herman informed Moser that she must pay close attention when pleading guilty to the gross sexual imposition charge as it would carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison with a maximum penalty on the charge of life in prison. While the latter sentence is rare in Cass County District Court, it is something the Moser needs to be aware of.
Mrs Moser, who is a married mother of four, made her first court appearance on Tuesday, July 24, by video conferencing, her bail set at $30,000. She remains in jail, where she has been since she turned herself in on July 20.
According to Moser's attorney, Scott Brand, she doesn’t intend to post her bail, which has been set at $100,000 as of Monday.
“She’s most certainly sorry for her actions, and the reason she did not post bail is that she knew what she did was wrong,” Brand told Valley News Live. “She knows there’s a debt she has to pay to society for what happened here, so she voluntarily chose to stay on her own will.”
Van De Streek said that he does not believe that there have been any safety concerns placed on Moser while she is in jail. “I’m not aware of any threats to her or anything like that,” he said. “No mental health defenses have been raised in this case.”
Before she resigned from her post as a teacher, Moser had been a science teacher and Liberty Middle School since fall 2016. An improvement plan was placed in her teaching file during the 2017-18 school year after staff and students reported inappropriate conduct.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing will be set at a later date.