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Former Fargo school staffer charged

FARGO — A former Fargo South High School paraprofessional who was under police investigation for allegedly showing nude images of herself to a 16-year-old student at school is now charged with a felony.

Sara Joy Wurgler, 30, of Fargo, was charged Wednesday in Cass County District Court with promotion of obscenity to minors, a Class C felony.

According to court documents, Fargo police school resource officer Wes Libner took a report that between January and February, Wurgler, then a paraprofessional with the school, showed the 16-year old boy videos and photos of herself nude from the waist up on her cellphone.

Libner interviewed the boy, who confirmed that Wurgler showed him images on her iPhone depicting her fully nude as well as topless.

Another paraprofessional confirmed to Libner that before Wurgler was terminated, Wurgler had shown her a cellphone image of herself in a bath towel getting out of the shower.

In a police interview April 14, Wurgler allegedly admitted showing the boy two or three photos and two videos of herself on more than one occasion.

Wurgler told police she made a mistake and didn’t show the boy the photos in order to get him to have sex with her.

A search warrant executed on Wurgler’s phone uncovered none of the images described by the boy or the other paraprofessional.

Instead, police allegedly found partially nude photos of Wurgler and totally nude photos of female genitalia.

Wurgler could not be reached for comment.

Her first court appearance has not been set.

A Cass County jail official said she hadn’t been booked at the jail as for 5 p.m. Thursday.