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Former West Fargo teacher Ronald Thompson, left, at his felony jury trial Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Cass County District Court, Fargo, on the charge of luring a minor by computer. Chris Flynn / The Forum
Former West Fargo teacher Ronald Thompson, left, at his felony jury trial Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Cass County District Court, Fargo, on the charge of luring a minor by computer. Chris Flynn / The Forum

Headline story: FARGO — The case of a former West Fargo teacher charged with luring a minor by computer is in the hands of a jury.

Cass County Judge Tristan Van de Streek handed the case against 59-year-old Ronald Jeffrey Thompson to the jury around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, about 10 minutes before jurors were dismissed for the day. Deliberations will begin in earnest Friday morning.

Thompson is charged with luring a minor by computer, a Class B felony that carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison. The trial began Tuesday with jury selection. Testimony started on Wednesday, and closing arguments happened Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors alleged Thompson initiated what became a sexually explicit conversation online in late October 2019 with U.S. Air Force Special Agent Travis Askew, a civilian detective posing as a 14-year-old girl named Gabi.

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