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Fargo TV news reporter almost off the hook for school trespassing

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A Fargo, North Dakota school district decided not to press charges against a local television reporter after she illegally entered an elementary school for a news story on lax security, the Fargo Forum reports.

Valley News Live reporter Mellaney Moore took a hidden camera into elementary schools in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead without permission for her story that aired last month.

According to city ordinances in Fargo and West Fargo and state law in Moorhead, the penalty for a school visitor who fails to register at the school office is a misdemeanor.

Fargo Assistant City Attorney Jason Loos says Moore will not face charges in the city. Loos says the fact that Moore was under the direction of a supervisor played a role in the decision.

“We’ve reviewed the case, and our understanding is the school district worked out a resolution with the news station, and isn’t inclined to prosecute,” Loos told KFGO.

Moore will likely also be off the hook in West Fargo, where school officials say an agreement with the television station is in the works, KFGO says.

Moorhead police forwarded their investigation to the Clay County Attorney's Office, which could not be reached for comment, according to the Forum. However, sources tell KFGO that Moore is not expected to face charges in Moorhead either.

The undercover video has since been removed from the television station's website.

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