Kansas legislator who kicked high school girl in the groin pleads guilty but avoids jail time and fine
Kansas legislator who kicked high school girl in the crotch pleads guilty to lower charges and avoids jail time but gets order to apologize
- Republican Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel, 36, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct for kicking student in the groin while teaching substitute
- He was sentenced to probation, banned from social media except for legal purposes and must apologize to the victims
- He was originally charged with felony and was given a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine
- The April incident took place during a religious diatribe and was captured on video
- At one point Samsel says to the student, “You are about to make me angry and get the wrath of God”
- Do you believe me when I tell you that God has spoken to me?’ He then pushes it and the student runs to the other side of the class
- “You have to run and scream.” In another video he tells students: ‘Class, you have permission to kick him in the balls’
A Kansas state legislator who kicked a high school student in the groin while working as a substitute teacher in Kansas City pleaded guilty to fewer charges of disorderly conduct and avoided jail time and a fine.
Republican Representative Mark Samsel, 36, pinched a student in the crotch and threatened to take the “wrath of God” on students in the classroom after students filmed him speaking about sex, suicide, maturation and the Bible during a religious rant in April.
The victims were two students about 16 years old. Police say he kicked and bruised one student and grabbed another by the shoulders.
Samsel pleaded guilty to three charges of disorderly conduct on Monday and was sentenced to probation and ordered to remain off social media except for legal purposes, and must apologize in writing to his victims.
That’s the only contact he can have with the victims.
Samsel initially faced three felony charges after his arrest in April and up to six months in prison, along with a $1,000 fine.
He avoided jail time and must pay approximately $260 in court costs and other costs.
“Your Honor, I just want to say I’m sorry for what happened. It was never my intention to hurt anyone,” Samsel said during Monday’s performance.
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After allegedly kneeling the student in the groin, he is seen standing over him and asking, “Did it hurt?”
Kansas lawmaker Mark Samsel, left, 36, was filmed discussing sex, masturbation and suicide in a bizarre religious diatribe while he was working as a substitute teacher. He was arrested by Franklin County detectives and charged with felony battery. He has since been released on a $1,000 bond
The April incident was captured on video and shared with The Kansas City Star by their parents.
He was defiant in his denial of wrongdoing immediately after the incident, but in a Facebook post last month he said he was seeking mental health treatment and was relinquishing his replacement teaching license.
In the video, Samsel tells the class about a student who tried to commit suicide three times because “he has two parents and they are both women.”
Another video shows Samsel asking the students, ‘Who likes to make babies? That feels good, doesn’t it?’
He adds, ‘You haven’t masturbated? Don’t answer that question… God already knows.”
The video shows Samsel closely watching a male student, following him around the classroom and threatening him.
At one point Samsel says to the student, “You are about to make me angry and get the wrath of God. Do you believe me when I tell you that God has spoken to me?’ He then pushes it and the student runs to the other side of the class.
“You have to run and scream.”
In another video, he tells the students, “Class, you’re allowed to kick him in the balls.”
Wearing a baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts, Samsel was captured in film footage as he launched a bizarre religious diatribe against Wellsville high school students on Wednesday.
Several parents told local media that Samsel allegedly pinched the student in the crotch.
The kneeling incident was not captured on camera, but footage captured after the alleged incident shows the student lying on the floor, with Samsel bending over him and asking, “Did it hurt?”
Samsel asks the student why he is about to cry, pats him on the shoulder and apologizes, then says he can “go to the nurse, she can check for you.”
Samsel is a Republican representing a rural district southeast of the capital Topeka.