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Former West Fargo teacher will face at least 5 years behind bars if convicted of most serious sex crime charge

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Shannon Moser appears in Cass County District Court through interactive television during her arraignment on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO – Among the charges a former West Fargo middle school teacher faces in a recently expanded court complaint is one count of gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony, which carries with it serious potential penalties.

If convicted of the GSI charge, Shannon Moser, 37, of Moorhead, would at the very least be facing a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

The maximum penalty on the charge is life in prison. However, that’s a rare sentence in Cass County District Court.

The GSI charge was part of an amended complaint filed against Moser earlier this month, which expanded the number of alleged victims in the case from two to six.


Now, in addition to the GSI charge, Moser faces the following charges, all of them felonies:

Two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance and one count of sexual assault, with those charges relating to two alleged victims.

Those charges allege Moser shared illicit videos with two students and that she had illegal sexual contact with one of them.

Also, she faces four counts of luring minors by computer involving four alleged victims.

The GSI charge relates to one of those four alleged victims and claims that Moser committed a sexual act with someone under 15 or induced someone under 15 to commit a sexual act.