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A Bismarck woman who pleaded guilty to burglary has had her teaching license suspended.

Alisha Hollingsworth pleaded guilty to felony burglary last week. According to court documents, from Dec. 18 to Jan. 7, Hollingsworth used stolen keys to gain access to a Bismarck home on two occasions.

The homeowner told police that she believed she was missing prescription drugs, court documents say.

Last week, South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick gave Hollingsworth a two-year deferred imposition of sentence, meaning if she successfully completes the terms of her probation, which includes treatment, the case will be dismissed.

On Thursday, the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board suspended Hollingsworth's license for the length of her probation.

ESPB member Ben Johnson, who is also Bismarck Public Schools assistant superintendent for secondary schools, discussed the severity of the case, including how the keys were taken on a weekday during school hours and how the keys belonged to a teacher's aide.

The board ultimately weighed the role addiction may have played in the decision to suspend her license.

"We’re also recognizing the role of rehabilitation and not permanently revoking a license where someone’s career can be resumed at some point, so I think that … would be consistent with our past practices," Johnson said.

The board voted unanimously to suspend Hollingsworth's license.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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