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Duursma in Burleigh County court room

Former Bismarck Teacher Changes Plea

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A Bismarck teacher accused of having sexual contact with a student changed her plea.

Former Wachter Middle School teacher Susan Duursma pled guilty to charges amended by the state.

Her jury trial was scheduled to begin next week.

The plea deal, which was accepted by judge Bruce Romanick, amends previous charges.

Duursma was originally charged with three counts of corruption of a minor, class C felonies...the new charge is one count of abuse of a child.

The abuse charge is a class B felony.

The prosecutor in the case says the severity of the action, and the damage to the child, are the reasons for the tougher charge..

"As far as mental injury, your honor, that will be more elaborated on I believe at the time of sentencing.  But as far as mental injury, mental injury has been inflicted upon the child for which he is seeking on going treatment your honor," says Pamela Nesvig, Asst. Burleigh County States Attorney

If the judge accepts the sentencing agreement Duursma will spend 60 days in jail and be under supervised probation for five years.

She'll also be evaluated for her risk level as a registered sex offender.

Judge Romanick accepted the guilty plea, but Duursma's official sentencing will come at a later date.

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