Bottineau Teacher Sentenced in Sex Case

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A former Bottineau County teacher will serve a total of seven weeks in jail after admitting to sexual relationships with two underage boys.

All felony charges against 25-year-old Marissa Deslauriers were dropped today in Northeast District Court.

Judge Lee Christofferson accepted lesser charges: two class A misdemeanors for contributing to the deprivation of a minor and two class B misdemeanors for sexual assault.

Deslauriers entered guilty pleas the four misdemeanor charges stemming from conduct with a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old male in late 2015.

(Asmundur Swain Benson, Bottineau County State’s Attorney) “When you’re searching for justice, when the victims are happy with it, is law enforcement is happy, not happy, if people are accepting of what’s being presented to the court in this plea agreement, then I believe that we’re getting close to justice being served. We do not want to diminish the behavior, we simply are submitting this for the court’s consideration.”

(Robert Garald Hoy, Attorney Representing Deslauriers) “The court recognizes there have been collateral consequences as well. Ms. Deslauriers lost her employment at the school. She has given up her teaching license, she had a temporary teaching license through the state of North Dakota. She’s not licensable as a teacher now in North Dakota or any other state as a result of this incident.”

Judge Christofferson sentenced her to seven weeks in jail to be served in the next year and three years unsupervised probation.

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