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Teachers Who Do Wrong Get Licenses Revoked

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Following yesterday's news of a Bismarck teacher charged with three counts of Corruption of a Minor, Donnell Preskey takes a look at what is in place to protect your kids in school and punish those teachers who act inappropriately.

Outside of the courtroom, there's another set of eyes watching teachers' actions... The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board.

They decide which teachers no longer belong in the classroom.

"We need to make sure those people working with our children are there to keep our children safe. We should not be worried about what they are coming in contact with on a daily basis," says Executive Director Janet Welk.

Since 1979 they have revoked the licenses of 64 teachers in North Dakota.

Most of those teachers were involved in sex offenses.

In 2001 the North Dakota Legislature passed a law requiring the board to revoke a license of any teacher convicted of a sex crime or crime against a child.

There have been 13 teachers banished from the classroom based on that law.

Welk says, "sometimes your personal life effects your professional life and that's a sad thing."

Effecting it to the point of being a career ender.

The board can also decide to revoke teachers' license for violating the code of ethics... Some examples are embezzling, fraud, and even inappropriate activity on social media.

The board revoked the license of one teacher for posting inappropriate pictures on facebook.

Welk says, "you are a role model in and outside of school."

Which drives her to her next point when it comes to teachers convicted of crimes against kids...

"In our profession, kids are never to blame in a case like this. They are the victim because the teacher is the one in charge. In or out of the classroom, it does not make a difference," says Welk.

Welk says other states have similar laws.

She says when a teacher's license is revoked, that information is reported to a national data base so they can not teach in other states as well.

You can search ND teachers at their website: http://www.nd.gov/espb/

Here's a look at some examples of sentences handed down to teachers in our area...

Former Hebron teacher Jennifer Schultz was acquitted of charges accusing her of sexually assaulting students but sentenced to two months for providing them alcohol. That was in 2013.

John Krueger was a teacher with the Bismarck Catholic School system. He spent two months in jail for having sex with a 17 year old girl.

Christian Webb was sentenced in federal court in 2011 to 12 years for having child pornography on his school issued computer. He was with the Minot Public School System.

In 1999, Stacy Pudwill was sentenced to ten years on four counts for having a sex with a student in Strasburg.

Another high profile case in our area, Hazelton teacher and coach Tony Storey served a year and a half for his three convictions of sexual assault involving students in 1998.

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